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Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC

If you’re facing YouTube running slow on Windows 10 issue then don’t worry as today we are going to see how to fix this issue. Youtube buffering problem is nothing new, although users with slow internet connection typically face this problem if you have high-speed internet and are still facing this issue. You need to troubleshoot the issue to fix the underlying cause.

Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC

But before doing anything drastic, you should check if the problem is not from your ISP end, so try some other website or run a speed test to check if your connection is working without any issues. If you are still facing Youtube Running Slow On Your PC issue, you need to follow this guide to Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC.

Why is Youtube slow on my computer?

YouTube running slow problem can be caused by overloaded YouTube servers, internet connectivity issues on your PC, browser cache, outdated Flash Player, Youtube CDN blocked by ISP or firewall, outdated or incompatible graphics driver etc. If YouTube runs extremely slow, then don’t panic, follow the below-listed guide to fix the problem.

Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Change the URL of the Youtube

Sometimes changing the URL of the YouTube helps because sometimes the specific servers of Youtube have less load compared to the official website (www.youtube.com).

1. Open your favourite web browser, then type or copy & 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 follow:

https://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=nq-StCWGL0Y&t=3s
https://in.youtube.com/watch?v=nq-StCWGL0Y&t=3s

Change the URL of the Youtube | Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC

Method 2: Clear your Browsers Cache and History

When the browsing data is not cleared for a long time, this can also cause the YouTube Running Slow issue.

1. Open Google Chrome and press Ctrl + H to open history.

2. Next, click Clear browsing data from the left panel.

clear browsing data

3. Make sure the “beginning of time” is selected under Obliterate the following items from.

4. Also, checkmark the following:

Browsing history
Download history
Cookies and other sire and plugin data
Cached images and files
Autofill form data
Passwords

clear chrome history since the beginning of time

5. Now click the Clear browsing data button and wait for it to finish.

6. Close your browser and restart your PC to save changes.

Again open your browser and see if you’re able to Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC issue.

Method 3: Update your Adobe Flash Player

Using outdated flash, this can cause the “YouTube Running Slow On Your PC” issue. To fix this issue, go to flash website and download & install the latest Flash Player version.

Note: Make sure uncheck for the promotional offer, or McAfee software will get installed with Adobe.

Enable flash Player to Fix No Sound on YouTube issue

Method 4: Change the Quality of YouTube video

Sometimes the traffic to the YouTube website or server is overloaded and therefore, YouTube buffering, freezing, lags etc. can happen. The best way to resolve this is to watch the video in lower quality unless the issue is resolved by YouTube. You can’t control the traffic to the YouTube website, but you can control the video settings. You could either select “720p or 360p” or select “Auto” in Quality settings to let YouTube automatically manage the video’s quality according to your Internet Connection.

1. Open the Video you want to watch in your favourite web browser.

2. Next, click on the Gear icon (settings) located at the right-bottom corner of the YouTube Video Player.

3. Now select lower quality than you were currently watching the video and if the issue persists, make sure to set the Quality to Auto.

Change the Quality of YouTube video

Method 5: Block Youtube CDN

Usually, when you watch a YouTube video, you watch it from a CDN instead of the 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 loaded. Using CDN improves website loading speed and site rendering. Sometimes, your ISP might decrease the connection speed from you to these CDNs, which will lead to YouTube video loading slowly or buffering issues. Anyway, follow these steps to fix YouTube Running Slow issue:

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="Troubleshooter" dir=in action=block remoteip=173.194.55.0/24,206.111.0.0/16 enable=yes

Block Youtube CDN using Firewall | Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC

3. As soon as you hit Enter, the above rule will be added to the firewall, and the connection from ISP to the above IP Address (of CDN’s) will be blocked.

4. But if the issue is still not resolved or you want to revert to original settings, then use the following command:

netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name=”Troubleshooter”

Delete the firewall rule for YouTube CDN

5. Once finished, close cmd and reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 6: Updating Graphic Card Drivers

1. Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2. Next, expand Display adapters and right-click on your Graphics Card and select Enable.

right-click on your Nvidia Graphic Card and select Enable

3. Once you have done this again right-click on your graphics card and select “Update Driver“.

update driver software in display adapters

4. Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let it finish the process.

search automatically for updated driver software

5. If the above steps helped fix the issue then very good, 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.

browse my computer for driver software

7. Now select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”

Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer | Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC

8. Finally, select the latest driver from the list and click Next.

9. Let the above process finish and restart your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Fix YouTube Running Slow On Your PC but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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