How to Fix YouTube Lagging Issue

By Jonny Lin   2 Comments

Many people have reported that the video they play on YouTube lags frequently, even when it’s in the lowest definition. This usually happens on their Google Chrome web browser.

If you are also facing this issue, don’t worry. Here are several tricks you should try. You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

1) Clear the browsing data

2) Find the extension that causes the trouble

3) Reinstall your web browser with the latest version

4) Update your network and graphics drivers

1) Clear the browsing data

There may be some corrupted data in the cached files or the history of your browser that cause the problem. To clear these data on Google Chrome:

1.  Press Ctrl, Shift and Delete key on your keyboard at the same time.

2. Select deleting the items from the beginning of time and tick all items. Then click on Clear browsing data.

The browsing data of your browser are now cleared. Restart your browser and check to see if you can play YouTube videos normally.

2) Find the extension that causes the trouble

Some extensions on your browser may slow down the YouTube video streaming. You can have a check on your browser to see if such extensions are used. To check Google Chrome extensions:

1.  Click on the menu icon at the top right of the browser window. In the menu, select More tools and then select Extensions.

2. In the Extensions list, uncheck the box next to Enabled in each extension to disable this extension. You can disable one extension at a time and play a YouTube video. This method can help you find out which one is slowing down the YouTube video streaming.



3) Reinstall your web browser with the latest version

There may be corruption issues with your web browser so the YouTube video cannot play normally on it. You can try reinstalling your browser to see if this fixes your problem. To do so:

1. Click on the Start menu at the bottom left of your screen and then type “control“. When you see Control Panel appear in the menu above, click on it.

2. Select Large icons from the View by drop down menu. Then select Programs and Features.

3. Right click on your browser and select Uninstall.

4. After you uninstall the browser, go to its official website to find its latest version. Download this version and install it on your computer.

5. Start the browser. Then check to see if the new browser gets the streaming of the YouTube video back to normal.

4) Update your network and graphics drivers

YouTube videos may always lag for you if your network or graphics drivers is wrong or outdated. You should update your network and graphics drivers to see if this can solve your problem. One easy and reliable way to update your drivers is to use Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can download and install your drivers by using either Free or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes only 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1. Download and Install Driver Easy.

2. Run Driver Easy and hit the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3. Click on the Update button next to the network and graphics drivers to download the latest and correct driver for each of them. You can also hit the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click on the Update All).

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