If you find that YouTube is slow on Windows 10 problem, don't worry, as today we are going to see how to fix this problem. Youtube buffer problem is nothing new, although users with slow internet connection usually face this problem, but if you have high speed internet and you keep facing this problem then you need to troubleshoot to fix the cause underlying.
But before you do anything drastic you should check if the problem is not with your Internet service provider, so try some other website or do a speed test to see if your connection is working without problems. If after all this you still have the problem that YouTube is slow on your PC, then you should follow this guide to fix the problem that YouTube is slow on your PC.
Why is Youtube slow on my computer?
YouTube slow running issue may be due to overload of YouTube servers, PC internet connectivity issues, browser cache, outdated Flash Player, YouTube CDN blocked by ISP or firewall, an outdated or incompatible graphics driver, etc. If YouTube runs extremely slow, don't panic, just follow the guide below to fix the problem once and for all.
Fix YouTube slow on your PC
Make sure to create a restore point in case something goes wrong.
Method 1: Change Youtube URL
Sometimes changing the Youtube URL helps because sometimes the specific Youtube servers have less load compared to the official website (www.youtube.com).
1.Open your favorite browser and type or copy and paste the link in the browser's address bar.
2.Now replace www in your URL with ca or in and hit Enter.
For example, if you want to visit this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq-StCWGL0Y&t=3s then you need to change the URL as follows:
Method 2: Clear your browser's cache and history
When the browsing data is not erased after a long time, this can also cause the YouTube Running Slow problem.
1.Open Google Chrome and press Ctrl + H to open the history.
2.Then click Clear browsing data in the left panel.
3. Make sure "beginning of time" is selected in Obliterate the following items from.
4.Also, check the following:
Browsing history Download history Cookies and other stud and plugin data Cached images and files Autocomplete form data Passwords
5.Now click the Clear browsing data button and wait for it to finish.
6.Close your browser and restart your PC to save the changes.
Reopen your browser and see if you can fix YouTube slow on your PC.
Method 3: Update your Adobe Flash Player
If you are using an outdated flash, this may cause the "YouTube is slow on your PC" problem. To fix this problem, go to the Flash website and download and install the latest version of Flash Player.
Note: Make sure to uncheck the promotional offer, or the McAfee software will be installed with Adobe.
Method 4: Change YouTube Video Quality
Sometimes YouTube's website or server traffic is overloaded and thus YouTube buffering, freezing, lags, etc. can occur. The best way to solve this is to watch the video in lower quality unless the problem is solved by YouTube. You cannot control YouTube website traffic, but you can control video settings. You could select "720p or 360p" or select "Auto" in Quality settings so that YouTube can automatically manage the video quality based on your Internet connection.
1.Open the video you want to see in your favorite browser.
2.Next, click on the Computer (settings) icon located in the lower right corner of the YouTube video player.
3.Now select a lower quality than the one you were watching the video for and if the problem persists make sure to set the quality to Auto.
Method 5: Block Youtube CDN
Typically, when you watch a YouTube video, you watch it from a CDN rather than on YouTube itself. A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is used to shorten the physical distance between the user and the CDN data center from where the content will be uploaded. Using the CDN improves website loading speed and site rendering. But sometimes your Internet Service Provider may slow you down to these CDNs and therefore this will lead to slow loading of YouTube videos or buffer issues. Anyway, follow these steps to fix YouTube Running Slow issue:
1.Press Windows key + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin).
2. Type the following command in cmd and hit Enter:
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name = »Troubleshooter» dir = in action = block remoteip = 22.214.171.124 / 24,126.96.36.199 / 16 enable = yes
3.As soon as you press Enter, the above rule will be added to the firewall and the connection from the ISP to the old IP address (of the CDNs) will be blocked.
4.But if the problem is still not resolved or if you want to go back to the original configuration, use the following command:
netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name = »Troubleshooter»
5.Once finished, close the cmd and restart your PC to save the changes.
Method 6: Update your graphics card drivers
1.Press Windows key + R, then type devmgmt.msc and hit enter to open Device Manager.
2.Next, expand Display Adapters and right-click on your graphics card and select Enable.
3.Once you have done this again, right click on your graphics card and select "Update Driver".
4.Select "Search automatically for updated driver software" and let the process finish.
5. If the previous steps were helpful in solving the problem, then fine, if not, then continue.
6. Again, right click on your graphics card and select "Update driver", but this time on the next screen select "Browse my computer for driver software".
7.Now select "Let me choose from a list of drivers available on my computer".
8.Finally, select the last driver in the list and click Next.
9.Let the above process finish and restart your PC to save the changes.
That's all you have successfully learned How to Fix Slow YouTube Performance on Your PC, but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial, feel free to ask them in the comment section.