If you are in the middle of watching movies or TV shows on Netflix but it loads slowly then you are experiencing buffering. What is buffering? It is when you click the play button on Netflix. it will begin to download some of what you are going to watch. If you are watching the movies or TV show in the beginning, the space between where you are in the video and how much has been downloaded is called the buffer. If your connection of the Internet is slower, here are some tips to reduce Netflix buffering.
The first method is to stop everything. If you are downloading something while you are trying to stream movie or TV show on Netflix, you will likely face some buffering issues. The thing you are downloading might be taking priority over your streaming. In this situation, the simplest way is to disconnect all of your other devices from your Wi-Fi, including the cell phones of your family, tablets, video game consoles, and any other computers or laptops.
The second one is to handwrite it. Wi-Fi can be a blessing as it can make the ugly sight if tangled cords vanish. As the contrary, it also can cause some of the signal to be lost. It is when your device is far away from the router. Those results are caused by the lower resolutions. You should see the increase in the download speed by connecting the device directly to the router. As the note, not all devices can be plugged into the router. Apparently, most of the time it does not make sense to reorganize the furniture so you are able to watch something on Netflix.
The third one is to lower the resolution. With Netflix, you are allowed to choose how much data is used for streaming. Netflix will hep to automatically adjust the data being used. However, sometimes, manually adjusting the resolution is enough to reduce Netflix buffering. For your information, basic video quality which is below 480i and uses up to 0.3 GB per hour is the lowest option and the full HD which is 1080p and uses up to 3 GB per hour is the highest one. in this case, you need at least 500 Kbps to watch Netflix on the lowest setting but Netflix will recommend having 1.5 Mbps. To reach this setting, you can go to “Your Account” and then click on “Playback settings”.
The fourth one is to wait until midnight. Generally, Netflix can be streamed more quickly during off peak hours. When there are fewer users in your area who are using the same Internet connection, there will be less data travelling through your lines or beam. Less Internet traffic can be means as faster downloading speeds.
The last one is to manually lower the resolution. Just select what you want to play and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S. It will open the menu so you can change the bitrate for video and audio. Remember that this method will affect your enjoyment as it can degrade the video and audio quality.