How to watch YouTube videos over slow connection without constant buffering?

nchristine

I have a relatively slow internet connection, but it is the best I can get where I live. YouTube videos often buffer repeatedly, which makes watching them unbearable. Is there a way to buffer more than a few seconds of the video so that I don’t go through a maddening start/stop cycle while viewing?

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cuetip
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You can use a browser plug-in called YouTube Center to buffer the whole video. The good news is it is easy to install in Firefox. The bad news is that it is not so easy for IE and Chrome. It’s also available for Safari, but I haven’t tried that version. https://github.com/YePpHa/YouTubeCenter/wik

jimlynch
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Watch videos on slow connections
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/74663?hl=en

"Even if you have a slow Internet connection, you can still watch YouTube videos. Here are some tips on optimizing your viewing experience:

Choose lower video quality settings (such as 240p and 360p) from the gear icon in the bottom right side of the video player.
Start the video and then click the Pause button immediately. Wait for the gray video progress bar to load a bit before clicking Play.
Change your video player settings to not default to the highest quality stream.
Try watching a shorter video; the shorter the video, the less time it takes to load."

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