How to Fix Late YouTube Videos on Android

There is nothing more annoying than when you are watching a YouTube video and the playback is lagging or keeps stopping. It’s even worse when you can’t play a video at all. Unfortunately, this can be a fairly common problem if you stream YouTube via cellular data on your Android device.


In most cases, this problem occurs if you are using a phone with low RAM which makes it difficult to stream HD videos. But whatever the cause, you can learn how to stop YouTube videos from lagging on Android below.


First, try the basics

Before moving on to the more technical fixes for this issue, you may want to consider doing some preliminary checks first. For instance:

  • Restart your phone: This will help you clear cache that may have accumulated in your device over time. It will also close any apps that might be running in the background that you aren’t using.
  • Determine the strength of your Internet connection: If you are unable to establish a strong internet connection, this may be the reason why YouTube videos are lagging. Running a quick speed test on your Android phone will help find out if a poor internet connection is causing this error.
  • Delete your YouTube downloads: Depending on your region and if you have YouTube Premium, you can download YouTube videos to your device. If you download a lot of videos then they can eat up your phone storage space which affects its performance by slowing it down thus causing videos to lag.
  • Get a Wi-Fi repeater: In some cases, you will find that the proximity of your Android phone to the Wi-Fi router is the problem. You can easily solve this problem by moving closer to the router or by buy a solid wifi repeater. This will help you establish a stronger internet connection.

If these basic troubleshooting tips don’t work, try the more in-depth solutions below.

1. Update the YouTube app

The next thing you need to do is update the YouTube app. This will ensure that you have the latest version of the app and that it is optimized for your device.

  1. Launch Google Play Store on your phone.
  2. Tap your profile in the top right corner of the app and select the Manage apps and device option.
  3. Then select Updates available.

From this point, you can either choose the Update all option, which will update all listed apps to the latest version, or scroll down and tap the icon Update next to the YouTube app.

2. Switch to Wi-Fi

If you are an avid YouTube user, you know that strong internet connection is needed to play high quality videos. However, you may not always have a strong internet connection, especially if you are using mobile data on your Android phone to play these videos.

Using mobile data may cause YouTube videos to lag or if played may be of poor quality. An easy way around this problem is to switch from mobile data to Wi-Fi. Generally, a Wi-Fi connection is stronger, faster and more reliable.

3. Disable data logging mode

Most Android phones come with a feature called Data Saver. It’s designed to reduce the amount of data used by apps running in the background so you don’t go over your monthly limit. However, this also means that any application using data in the background will only be able to do so if it is necessary for it to function properly.

YouTube happens to be one of those apps that needs access to data all the time, so if you’re using Data Saver mode, it could cause issues when trying to watch videos online. To avoid this, you can disable it in the settings:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Android phone.
  2. Press on Connections and select Data usage.
  3. Tap the Data saver option, then disable the option Switch on now button to deactivate the function.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, you can turn off YouTube’s native data logging mode, which also serves the same purpose. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the YouTube app.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner of the app, then select the Settings option.
  3. Then select Saving data and press the Data saving mode button to deactivate the function.

4. Disable Battery Saver Mode

Android devices also have a built-in battery saving mode that kicks in when your battery drops to a certain percentage. It saves battery power by reducing CPU performance and limiting background data usage.

While this feature is useful for saving power, it also limits your device’s performance, including its ability to stream video. As such, if your YouTube videos are lagging on your Android device, disabling Battery Saver can help fix it.

For some devices, you can easily disable the feature by swiping down to open the quick setting panel and tapping the battery saver button to turn it off.

Alternatively, you can also achieve this in the settings:

  1. Launch the Settings app and select Battery and Device Care.
  2. Then press the Battery option and disable the option Energy saving option.

5. Uninstall and reinstall the YouTube app

If the above solutions didn’t work for you, try uninstalling and reinstalling YouTube.

However, it should be noted that this may be a problem for some users, as the YouTube app is among the pre-installed apps that come with an Android device upon purchase. In such a case, you can force stop instead:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your phone and go to apps section.
  2. Scroll down, select Youtubeand press the Force stop option.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, delete the app and reinstall it again:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your phone and go to apps section.
  2. Then scroll down and select Youtubeand press the Disable option.

Wait a few minutes then press the To light up button to restore application functionality.

6. Use your mobile browser

As a last resort, you can choose to watch YouTube videos using your Android web browser instead of the app. The browser version offers a similar experience to the YouTube app as it comes with most of the features. But I hope the browser will play the videos easier than the app.

Play YouTube videos seamlessly

Now, you should be able to fix YouTube video lagging issue on your Android phone using the solutions listed above. The best way to prevent this problem from happening again is to make sure Data Saver and Battery Saver are turned off at all times, but sometimes you need to try other solutions instead.

Shirley K. Rosa