Troubleshooting YouTube Buffering Problems

Streaming video is one of the most important abilities of the iPad because it takes the mobile computing and puts it into such a simple form that watching videos is a treat.  YouTube comes built right into the iOS 5 and is a basic part of iPad viewership and social networking.  There are, however, a lot of issues that can negatively affect the functionality of these episodic videos.  Many users may be looking for how to fix the YouTube buffering problem on the iPad, which means the loading up of the video while you are trying to look at it.  Here is a look at how to troubleshoot this YouTube loading issue when it is happening.

The first place that you should be looking when this occurs is going to be your internet connection.  Users with both cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities should take a look at how much service they are really receiving as cellular service is going to often be slower than any available Wi-Fi network.  It can get so slow that it will actually cause YouTube buffering problems on the iPad and it would be best to head to a Wi-Fi connection.  At the same time, if you are on Wi-Fi this could still be a connectivity issue since many signals become weak or slow down when using them.  The best way to actually repair this issue is to find a strong Wi-Fi signal that you have access to and move over to it for the time being, and at the very least this will indicate whether or not the problem was the internet access.


Another option is to simply forgo the iPad YouTube app altogether and simply utilize it through Safari.  This will operate essentially the same way, though you will be accessing it through the actual website rather than an iPad specific app.  This has a lower rate of buffering issues and often works better for casual use.

One common solution for YouTube buffering problems on the iPad is going to be to actually alter the DNS server that you are using for a time.  To do this you start by going into Settings and selecting Wi-Fi, which is below Airplane Mode and above Notifications.  Hit the arrow to the right of the Wi-Fi network you are using, which will take you to a screen that lists a lot of different information about your connection.  These will be things like the IP address, the subnet mask, router, search domains, and client ID.  Go to DNS and select it and delete the numbers that are there.  You can then enter in or, which are for open DNS.  You can also try or for Google Public DNS.


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