[Resolved] Fixes to YouTube Video Stuttering in Chrome
"I bought a new Dell computer a few weeks ago with Chrome installed. For unknown reasons, video playback in full screen on Chrome became very choppy and stuttering. I installed Firefox to test my PC and everything works fine. If anyone has any other solutions without having to switching browser, I'd love to hear them. Many thanks! I'm running Windows 10 and Chrome version 44.0.2403.107."
According to Google, some users have reported choppy YouTube video playback using Chrome, particularly in full screen mode. People are using various expressions to describe the issue they bumped into like jerky, jumpy, sluggish, skipping, stuttering and so on.
All of these refer to the problem that video streaming is having a slow performance and keeps lagging. To get rid of such an annoyance, there are FIVE workable solutions you might as well try out. If you're looking for solving jumpy and jerky YouTube video issue on your Android or iPhone, click here: Fix YouTube Video Streaming Choppy on Android/iPhone.
Solution 1: Disable Plug-ins File on Chrome
Solution 2: Disable Hard Acceleration on Web
Solution 3: Clear Cached Data in Google Chrome
Solution 4: Update Adobe Flash
Solution 5: Use Browser Alternatives like IE, Firefox
If you're in trouble with YouTube videos Stuttering problem, it may be caused by the plug-ins file in Chrome. Thus, you should disable it and see whether this helps. Here are the steps for you to follow.
STEP 1. Open a new tab in Chrome.
STEP 2. In the address bar, type "about:plugins" then press "Enter".
STEP 3. In the upper-right corner of the windows, you show see a plus sign next to "Details" and unfold it.
STEP 4. Look for Adobe Flash Player, which on my computer was the third entry. Under this entry, you should see one file called "pepflashplayer.dll". If you cannot find it, press "Ctrl + F" and paste "pepflashplayer.dll" in search box to locate it.
NOTE that the full path should be something like this:
STEP 5. Disable this file by clicking on the blue word "Disable".
STEP 6. Close Chrome and open it again. Test out your YouTube video and it should play smoothly.
Right-click on the jerky and jumpy YouTube video and then select "Settings". You will see a tick-box for "Hardware Acceleration". Uncheck it and restart the browser to see if the problem has solved.
Or, click "More" on the upper right of Chrome and choose "Settings". Then, go to "≡Settings" on the left to see more options and unfold "Advanced". Now, select "System" and toggle off "Use hardware acceleration when available".
Cache in Chrome can make YouTube videos lagging and skipping. So, you might as well try clearing the cache and visit the YouTube again. Go to "Settings" > "Advanced" > "Privacy and security". Next, give it a click on "Clear browsing data". Check options like Browsing history, Download history, Cached images and files, Cookies and other site data. After that, select "CLEAR BROWSING DATA".
Note that a quick hotkey is to press "Shift", "Ctrl" and "Delete" keys at the same time to launch the "Clear browsing data" window.
The majority of video streaming portals use Adobe Flash to stream the videos. Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10/8 ship with a built-in Flash Player. All other browsers need the Flash plugin which you can download from the Adobe website. If you have the Adobe Flash installed, make sure you have updated it to the latest version.
If all workarounds fail your expectation, I'm afraid you should switch to a different browser like IE, Firefox, and Safari. If this stuttering YouTube problem is due to Google Chrome itself, you should be able to enjoy smooth YouTube video steaming on other browsers.
Also, it's recommended to download YouTube Videos on Windows/Mac to ensure smooth watching. Has this post helped you solve the YouTube choppy problem on Chrome? Do you have other solutions to fix this problem? Leave your comments below.