YouTube Videos Loading Slow. How To Fix It?

YouTube Videos Are Loading Slow. How To Make YouTube To Load Videos Faster?

Created by former PayPal employees in 2005, YouTube is the most popular video sharing platform on which people can watch and upload videos, create their own profiles and channels, 'Like' videos, comment on and share videos, and subscribe to other YouTube users/channels, etc. The first video was uploaded to YouTube in 2005, only a few months after YouTube was created. That first video was viewed over four million times.

Despite its popularity, users sometimes have problems watching videos on YouTube. One of these problems is due to YouTube running slowly - videos are buffering for too long, and this can happen even on a fast Internet connection. There are a number of reasons for this issue: an overloaded YouTube server; problems with your router, or; the Internet connection. There might also be browser issues such as outdated browser software or associated plug-ins.

In this article, we describe several step-by-step solutions to address YouTube running/loading slow.

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Block Content Distribution Networks

CDN (Content Distribution Network) is a network of proxy servers and associated data centres. The purpose of CDN is to provide high availability and performance. It other words, this service speeds up delivery of content to users who are visiting websites that have global reach, and usually high traffic. When you watch a video on YouTube, it is usually provided by the CDN and not by YouTube directly. We show how to block two IP address ranges for these CDNs, which means you will be blocking CDNs, thus forcing YouTube to provide video directly from YouTube itself. First, open an elevated Command Prompt. Type "command prompt" in Search and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu.

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In Command Prompt, type  this command (use copy and paste from here): "netsereh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”YouTubeTweak” dir=in action=block remoteip=173.194.55.0/24,206.111.0.0/16 enable=yes". Press Enter on the keyboard to execute the command and the rule will be added. Close Command Prompt when finished and see if this improves YouTube performance. If you wish to remove the rule you have added, open Command Prompt as administrator and type this command: "netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name=”YouTubeTweak”".

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Clear Browsing Cache

Browsing history consists of a records of web pages that you have visited in past browsing sessions, and typically includes the name of the website as well as the corresponding URL. Other private data components such as cache, cookies, saved passwords, etc., are also saved during your browsing session. Clearing browsing data can help to speed up YouTube if it is loading slower than normal. Here, we show how to clear Google Chrome browsing cache. To clear Google Chrome's browsing data, click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "More tools", and then click "Clear browsing data...".

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In the Clear browsing data window, select what data you wish to remove from the Google Chrome browser cache and click the "CLEAR DATA" button. Close Chrome and open it again. Go to YouTube and see if performance improves.

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Change The URL

Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is commonly used as a reference to web pages. URL's are found in the browser's address bar. An example might look like this: http://www.urlexample.com/index.html. A URL consists of three parts: protocol; hostname, and; file name. One way to make YouTube load videos faster is to change the YouTube URL. For example, if you are trying to watch a video with the URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs40yxHjTxQ, you need to change the URL to https://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=rs40yxHjTxQ. Simply replace the "www" with the "ca". Some users claim that this solution works well, and so we recommend that you try it.

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Change Video Quality

YouTube adjusts the quality of the videos you are watching automatically. If the Internet connection speed is slow, it will display a lower quality video and vice versa. You can also set the video quality manually. Try to play videos in lower quality setting and see if this solves the problem. To change the video quality, simply click the Settings button (bottom-right corner), and select "Quality".

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Now, select a setting lower than the current video quality, for example 144p, 240p, or 360p, and see if YouTube video loading improves.

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Update Your Web Browser

If you are using an outdated web browser, it is possible that there are some compatibility issues. Having the latest browser and associated plug-ins ensures better performance and user experience. Keeping your browser up-to-date could also make your browser run more smoothly. We recommend that you check that you are using the latest browser version. We describe this for Google Chrome users. Open Google Chrome and click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "Help", and then click "About Google Chrome".

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You will see the current browser version and if it is the latest. If not, you should see a notification suggesting that you update Chrome. If there is no notification, your browser has been already updated to the latest version. Update your web browser, visit the YouTube web page again, and launch any video to see if the problem persists.

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Close Open Tabs

Too many open tabs in the web browser can result in poor YouTube video loading speeds. It is possible that your computer is not capable of handling all open tabs simultaneously, especially if there are several YouTube (or other websites with video content) tabs open. If this is the case, close all extra tabs and see if the problem persists.

We hope that at least one of these solutions solves the problem and you are now able to watch videos on YouTube without problems. If you know of any other solutions, please share them by leaving a comment in the section below.

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