How can I improve streaming on my iPad? The iPad is a great device for streaming video from sources all over the Internet. Many websites have apps designed specifically for the iPad to stream videos like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. As with computers, the iPad can suffer from slow streaming and constant buffering when viewing videos and other media. Clearing the memory, resetting the device, and using a different Internet connection can help speed up streaming on an iPad.
Free up some memory
If you’ve been using up a lot of memory on your iPad, clearing it can help speed up streaming and the device itself. You can find out which apps are using up the most memory by going to “Settings“, clicking “General” and searching for “Usage“. This list will show you the total available storage on your iPad and which apps are using the most memory. If you have pictures or movies that you know you’ll need longer, you can free up storage space by removing the files. Deleting old or unused apps can also free up storage space and increase your iPad’s speed.
Restart your iPad
The iPad contains different amounts of RAM depending on the model. For example, the 4th generation iPad contains 1GB of RAM. The more apps you open and use, the less free RAM you have. If your iPad seems slower than normal or streaming media is buffering or not running smoothly, you may be running low on available RAM. You can clear memory by closing unused programs or completely restarting your iPad. Every time you open an application, you’re using RAM, so limit the number of apps you open when streaming media.
Test your Internet connection
If other apps on your iPad seem to run smoothly, your Internet connection could be responsible for slow streaming. High-definition video requires a fast internet connection to work properly. For example, Netflix recommends 12 Mbps for streaming super HD content and 5 Mbps for regular HD quality. If you have an internet connection that doesn’t support these speeds, try watching lower quality videos in standard definition. If you use YouTube, try lowering the video quality as well. Although the video may not look as good, it should help with loading issues on a slow connection. Use Netflix speed test website to test your Internet connection.
Restart your router
If you are logged in to your home network, your wireless network could be responsible for the slow streaming. If multiple users are using the same connection, the overall internet speed may be reduced. Try streaming videos from a different connection or wait until more bandwidth is available. If bandwidth is not the problem, try restarting your modem or Wi-Fi router. During peak hours, you may experience problems when more people are online, especially with more popular sites like YouTube and Netflix. If slow streaming only happens with a particular app, it could be a problem related to the service itself.