One of the most frustrating moments ever is when you're attempting to binge-watch a Netflix show like Stranger Things, but you're unable to enjoy the series because the video stops to buffer every five seconds.
In order to avoid this, there are several tricks available in order to minimize the chances of that happening. Check out the slideshow to see exactly how you can make your favorite movies and shows load on Netflix load as fast as possible.
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Find Out Internet Speeds You're Getting
Before you get mad and cancel your Netflix subscription, make sure that the Internet speed you are getting is the one that you are paying for with your Internet Service Provider.
One easy way to check is to go to OoklaSpeedtest.net.
If your results are low, try troubleshooting the Wi-Fi connection. And if all else fails then it's definitely time to give your ISP a call.
If everything looks good, then it's time to figure out why Netflix isn't getting as much bandwidth as it needs to produce flawless streaming video.prevnext
Determine Where Bandwidth Is Going
This isn't the simplest task to accomplish. One of the easiest steps to take would be to shut down apps such as Spotify, turning off Wi-Fi on your phone, and make sure that no one else on the network is running a Facebook Live broadcast or something of the sort.prevnext
Streamline Your Browser
Some of the features that can get in the way of preferable video streaming are browser extensions.
Make sure you close down any browser tabs that aren't being used. Next, open up the extensions page and check if there are any add-on options that you can do without. They can either be disabled or uninstalled.prevnext
Run Security Scan
Persistent problems with buffering on Netflix can be caused by malware or a virus.
Conducting a full system scan would be a good place to start. However, it might not be the most effective if the culprit code has already made it through the computer security's defenses.
Other scanning tools such as Microsoft Safety Scanner for Windows and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Windows or Mac can offer a good second opinion.prevnext
Double-check Netflix settings
For the fifth and final step, make sure to double-check your Netflix settings on the app itself. In order to get HD streaming you need to have the standard plan and to get Ultra HD you are going to need to purchase the premium plan.0comments
First, go to Your Account from the menu under your avatar. Second, click on Playback settings.
To have Netflix adjust the stream quality on available bandwidth select Auto. Or to force Netflix to use the best quality that you've signed up for, click High. However, if you are trying to eliminate buffering, you may have to settle for a level lower than the best quality for the time being.prev