YouTube Keeps Pausing? 7 Reasons With Solutions

Fix YouTube keeps pausing issue

YouTube is the most widely used online video-sharing website in the world. Almost everyone who uses the internet uses YouTube. You can watch anything on YouTube, from your favorite song, gameplay, movie trailers, learning courses to everyday news and forecasts. Over 2 billion individuals use YouTube every month. 

Over the years, more and more people are using YouTube, and more and more videos are added to its database. However, YouTube also has several problems like filters not working, video getting blurry, etc. Among them, a major problem is YouTube keeps pausing its videos. 

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Reasons YouTube keeps pausing

Several reasons can be the cause of YouTube pausing on your device. Some of them are pretty common, whereas some are quite uncommon. So, here are seven reasons why YouTube keeps pausing on your device. 

  1. Problem with internet connection
  2. Used up network bandwidth
  3. Earphone/headphone issues
  4. Outdated YouTube app
  5. Problem with the app cache
  6. Issues with the browser
  7. Insufficient storage space on the device

Reason 1: Internet connection problem 

A problem with the internet connection is one of the most common reasons for YouTube pausing. It requires a good internet connection when surfing YouTube videos. More so when the video qualities are higher than 480p. It is pretty common that YouTube buffers when you watch videos with a connection speed of fewer than 2 Mbps. 

YouTube keeps pausing due to bad internet connection

So, check your internet connection speed with different tools like Fast, Xfinity, Speedcheck, etc., and find out if there is an internet connection problem. 

Solution for unstable internet connection

If you do find problems with your internet connection, use these solutions. 

  • Check the connection (Ethernet cable, router)
  • Reconnect the router.
  • Contact your ISP.
  • Change to a different connection.

Reason 2: Used up network bandwidth

When you run too many applications on your device, they hog up all of your network bandwidth. This causes YouTube to keep pausing while streaming a video. This is especially the case whenever you watch the YouTube video in high resolution that your network bandwidth cannot keep up. So, the two main reasons why you use up all of your network bandwidth causing the YouTube pausing problem are: 

  • Running too many background apps.
  • Watching youtube videos while downloading. 

Solution for used up network bandwidth

  • Close background programs before starting YouTube.
  • Pause all downloads while on YouTube and resume them later, or go to youtube after the download is complete.  

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Reason 3: Problem with the headphone/earphone jack

earphone connection

When you use YouTube on your Android smartphone with a wrongly connected earphone jack, you will find yourself with a YouTube video pausing problem. This is due to an android feature. Android stops playing a YouTube video on speaker whenever your headphone is suddenly removed to avoid awkward situations with people around you. 

So, you need to make sure that your headphone jack is connected properly while playing YouTube videos on your YouTube app on Android. 

Solution for a wrongly connected headphone jack

The best solution is to check your headphone jack to see if it has any connection problems and connect it properly with your smartphone. If the headphone itself has problems, change it. 

Reason 4: Outdated Youtube app  

YouTube will keep pausing your videos whenever you have an outdated app on your smartphone. Although uncommon, this problem has been encountered by many individuals over the years. 

Turning off auto-updates is a major cause of this. When you turn off auto-updates, you miss out on software patches and other issues that are solved.  

Solution for outdated YouTube app

To solve the issue of YouTube pausing due to an older version of the app, you should update it. Here is how you can do it. 

  • Go to Google Play store
  • Tap on your profile icon and choose “Manage Apps & Device. “ 
manage apps on google play
  • Tap on the “Manage” tab. 
manage tab
  • Scroll down and choose Youtube and tap on the “Update” button. 
update YouTube
  • This will update your YouTube app. 
  • Close Play store and relaunch the YouTube app.

To enable auto-updates on your Android smartphone, follow these steps. 

  • Open Play Store. 
  • Tap on your Profile icon. 
  • Go to Settings > Network Preferences
  • Tap on “Auto-update apps.
auto update apps
  • From the list of options, choose either “Over any network”, or “Over wi-fi only.
auto update apps enable

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Reason 5: Problem with the app cache 

A problem with the cache files might be causing the problem of YouTube pausing. Cache files store the temporary data on your device. But when you have a large amount of cache data stored on your device, a simple corrupt file or a minor issue with a cache will cause big problems like the constant pausing of YouTube videos on your YouTube app.   

Solution for the app cache problem

You need to clear your cache to solve this problem. To clear your YouTube app cache, 

  • Go to Settings > Apps.
  • Scroll down to the YouTube App.
apps
  • Tap on “Storage.”
  • Tap on “Clear Cache.”
clear YouTube cache
  • Check to see if YouTube runs smoothly or not.
  • If it keeps pausing, you need to clear the data as well.

Reason 6: Issues with the browser

Sometimes, your YouTube video will pause while using it on your desktop browser or the browser app. The pausing of YouTube videos on the website on your browser might be due to one of these reasons. 

  • Corrupted cache data of the browser.
  • Unwanted Extensions.
  • The use of VPNs or Proxies.
  • Outdated browser.

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Solutions for browser issues  

Depending on the issue, you need to employ different solutions. So, first, find out what the issue is with your browser and follow these steps to solve the issues.  

  • Clear browser cache. 

To clear browser cache on Chrome,

  1. Go to Menu (three dots) on the top right, and click on “Settings.” 
  2. Scroll down to Privacy settings and click on “Clear Browsing Data.” 
clear chrome cache

To clear browser cache on Firefox, 

  1. Go to Menu (three horizontal lines) on the top right, and click on “Options.” 
  2. Go to Advanced > Network
  3. Under the “Cached Web Content,” click on the “Clear Now” button. 
clear firefox cache
  • Disable Extensions.

If some extensions are causing problems with your YouTube videos, you need to disable them. 

You can find browsers extensions on 

  • Menu > Settings > More Tools on Chrome
  • And Menu > Add-ons on Firefox. 

Find out which browser extension is causing problems with YouTube and disable it. 

  • Check your VPN.

If you have a third-party VPN or proxy installed, it may cause some interference on your network data stream, which in turn may cause YouTube videos to pause from time to time. In this case, you need to check and verify the issue with your VPN and contact your VPN service provider or change your VPN server. 

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  • Update your browser.

If your YouTube keeps pausing because you have not updated your browser, you need to update it quickly. You should check the current version of your browser, and if there is an update available, then update your browser. 

Reason 7: Insufficient space on the device

Insufficient space on your device causes some of the biggest problems to your apps. You cannot update them or use them at their full potential due to insufficient space available on your device. YouTube keeps pausing issue can also be related to not having enough storage space on your device. 

Solution for insufficient storage space

You need to free up your device’s storage by uninstalling unnecessary apps or other media files and documents to fix the issue. 

To free up the device storage by uninstalling unwanted apps, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Tap on the app to uninstall.
  3. Tap “Uninstall.”
uninstall an app

You should also delete unnecessary files (photos, videos, documents, etc.) that you are not using from your smartphone to free up your device’s storage. Now, relaunch YouTube and play videos. 

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Conclusion

Most of the reasons why YouTube keeps pausing along with their solutions are mentioned above. However, suppose you find additional issues or have some comments or suggestions regarding the problems and solutions mentioned in this article. In that case, you can put them in the comment section below. 

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