Make Netflix Stream Faster On Any Device

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Nothing ruins a binge-a-thon quicker than having your show interrupted by the buffering icon. Luckily, there are some ways to make Netflix stream faster and avoid those buffering headaches. It may take some troubleshooting, but you can usually find the cause and get back to streaming without interruptions.

Reduce Network Usage

If you want to make Netflix stream faster, you may have to reduce network usage from your other devices. Netflix utilizes a large amount of bandwidth and if your bandwidth is divided between five different devices in your home, it could cause buffering problems.

Try turning off other network devices while streaming to see if this makes a difference. For mobile devices, limit background data usage to limit how many apps access your data at one time.

Ensure Your Connection Meets Requirements

No matter how hard you try to make Netflix stream faster, you’ll still need to make sure your Internet connection meets the minimum requirements. At the minimum of 0.5 Mbps, you’ll probably notice buffering issues frequently. Netflix recommends a connection speed of at least 1.5 Mbps for basic viewing and 3 Mbps just for SD viewing.

Netflix suggests using to test your broadband speed. On your TV, open Netflix and go to Settings (or gear icon) > Get Help > Check Your Network.

If your network doesn’t meet the requirements, contact your ISP for a higher speed plan.

Adjust for Your Device

Even if you want to view HD quality video, your device or network might not be able to support it. This will affect your overall streaming experience. Control the quality of the stream by adjusting it for your specific network and device. Sign in to your Netflix account and go to My Profile > Playback Settings. Change to Auto to automatically adjust to the highest possible quality that your network will support.

If you’re streaming from a computer, you can also access a hidden streaming menu. Please note that this won’t work on mobile devices or your TV.

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Restart Your Device

Sometimes the problem isn’t related to your connection speed at all. The Netflix app may have frozen or your device needs to free up resources to let the Netflix app function better. Try restarting your device and then loading your show or movie again.

Reset Your Network

In a perfect world, no one would have to reset their Wi-Fi, but the occasional reset is sometimes necessary to get your connection back up to speed. Try resetting your router or modem. This may solve many buffering issues and make Netflix stream faster.

Try a Different Network

If you haven’t had problems in the past, try streaming on a different network, if possible. If a friend’s network works fine, you may need to contact your ISP. There could be an issue with your network.

If you’re using a mobile network, ensure you have a 4G versus 3G connection.

Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

If you’re using Wi-Fi, you may need a stronger signal to make Netflix stream faster. Netflix recommends moving your router to a different location and keeping it away from interference from other wireless devices.

Connect Directly 

If possible, connect your device directly to your modem. A direct connection prevents any interference and provides a more stable connection for Netflix to stream.

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Contribution by Crystal Crowder

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