Why Does YouTube Keep Stopping?

By Ashley Poland

Streaming video via YouTube can become very frustrating if the video keeps stopping unexpectedly. If your video playback on YouTube is choppy or won't progress past a certain point, you can try changing your video settings or browser settings. You may also have problems with your hardware or network settings.


Buffering happens when the video hasn't finished loading before you start the video. If you're dealing with your video stopping frequently because of buffering, the easiest solution is to pause and wait for the video to finish loading. You can assess how far the video has loaded by looking at the color of the location bar. Light grey means the video is loaded, black means it is not.


YouTube requires that you have an Internet connection of at least 500 Kbps; anything less and you're not going to have much luck loading videos. If the video is loaded and playback is choppy or stutters, you might try turning the video quality down. Lower video quality requires up less bandwidth.


When you stream a video, it's loaded to your browser's cache. If an unfinished version of the video you're trying to load is in your cache, it can stop the video from loading in your browser. You can fix this problem by entering your browser's settings or options page and clearing your browser's cache and cookies.

Miscellaneous Problems

A number of other issues can cause videos to stop. Playing online games, downloading files or streaming from other sources at the same time as you're trying to use YouTube can cause problems, as all these activities eat up bandwidth. Your network and computer's firewall settings can cause playback problems if YouTube isn't listed as a trusted source. You may need to update your browser's version of Adobe Flash Player; YouTube uses Flash to play video.