How To Stop Buffering on Android

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Buffering can be annoying while you are streaming or watching videos; however, it is a solvable problem. Many reasons can cause buffering, but it can be solved through several techniques. 

Quick Answer

This issue of buffering can be solved in many ways.

• Increasing your internet speed.
• Reducing the number of background applications.
• Clearing up memory on your Android device.

The following article aims to go into detail on how you can reduce this buffering issue on your Android device while discussing potential causes of buffering in detail. 

How Can I Solve Buffering on My Android?

While buffering may seem like a major issue, it can be solved by following simple steps and solutions. We will discuss these in the following part of this article. 

Check Your Network Environment

Buffering may be caused due to facing weak connections or slow internet. This can be solved by following the solutions mentioned below. 

Connecting Your Android to a Wi-Fi connection 

Streaming videos and online content using mobile data connections tends to impact the streaming quality. That is why connected to a wireless internet service allows a solid internet connection allowing you to stream the video for longer, preventing rebuffering. 

Follow these steps to ensure you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Go to “Connections”.
  3. Turn on the Wi-Fi and establish a connection.
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Quick Tip

You should get closer to the Wi-Fi router to establish a stronger connection. This is because Wi-Fi signals are impacted by walls, distance, and interference of other electronic devices in your surroundings.

Buffering Due to Internet Bandwith 

Another reason your Android device may suffer from this buffering issue may be that your device is connected to a slow internet connection. A slow internet connection will not allow data to load at a fast speed which may be the cause of buffering. 

You can use an internet speed test to measure your Wi-Fi’s internet speed. You can do this through different speed test applications on the Google Play Store.

Quick Tip

Resetting your internet modem or router by unplugging the power cable for 5 to 10 seconds and then plugging it back in again can lead to a network refresh. This may also solve bandwidth and buffering issues.

Close Additional Applications 

Another reason behind your Android phone buffering may be additional applications using data without your knowledge. You can resolve this issue by following the steps mentioned below.

  1. Access the home screen of your Android device.
  2. Press the button on the left side of your screen (this button may have three horizontal lines).
  3. Press the “Close All” button shown to clear all background activity on your Android device.

Decrease Video Quality 

Another buffering solution is to stream and watch videos at lower picture quality. Most music and video streaming websites allow you to alter the video or sound quality of the content you are viewing. 

Decreasing Video Quality on YouTube 

This can be done by following these simple steps.

  1. Select a video you want to view.
  2. Press the settings icon on the top-right corner of the video.
  3. Press the “Quality” option to adjust the video quality.

Adjusting Audio Quality on Spotify 

You can prevent buffering on Spotify by adjusting audio quality; follow these steps.

  1. Open Spotify and locate the “Settings” icon (top-right corner).
  2. Locate the “Data Saver” section and toggle on the “Audio Quality” to low.
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Disconnect Other Devices From the Internet Network

To allow your Android device to maintain a fast and efficient internet connection, you may disconnect other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network you are connected to. The following steps can do this.

  1. Go to the Settings on your Android.
  2. Tap “Connections” and then click “Wi-Fi”.
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  3. Press the Settings icon next to the Wi-Fi connection you are connected to.
  4. Press “Forget Network” to disconnect the device from the internet connection.
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Make Sure Your Android Device Is Fully Updated

Having outdated software on your Android phone or running an application not having the latest update may also cause buffering.

Make Sure Your Android Device Is on Its Latest Firmware

Making sure that your Android is updated to the latest versions allows you to have the latest improvements in security and patches. You can check for updates by accessing the Settings application and finding the “Software Update” section.

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Make Sure Installed Applications Are Fully Updated

To prevent buffering issues, you can ensure that the installed applications are updated to ensure all patches and issues are fixed. Make sure that the streaming app you use is up to date through the Google Play Store. 


Buffering is not an unsolvable issue, and many solutions are poised forward that work to tackle this issue. The best solution is to alter your internet connection with greater speed or move your internet modem closer to your Android device to prevent excessive interference. Making sure your Android device is up to date is also important. 

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