Best Tips to Smooth YouTube Playback without Lengthy Buffering

As the world’s most popular video sharing website as well as U.S. teens’top choice for listening music, the huge amount of video content on YouTube leads the global trend at an explosive speed while stream buffering makes videos viewing unsuitable for its spread pace. There are some best tips to smooth YouTube playback without too much boring waiting.

YouTube video loading time-buffering-YouTubePremise: your computer should be in a normal condition and well-connected to the network, which means you can watch YouTube videos but maybe with slow loading.

1. YouTube “Feather” beta: it enables YouTube faster speed for video viewing, but just for some videos currently as it is still in progress. As it is intended to serve YouTube video watch pages with the lowest latency possible, it causes severe loss in the features available: expanding share boxes, collapsible comments, and a long list of related videos on the side of the page. And the simplified layout would be: first few comments as fixed text on the page; only offers thumbs up/down, flag buttons; “related videos” shows in 5 items; etc. By reducing the bytes downloaded by the browser, loading time shortens. LOL, the ads are still on.

2. YouTube HTML5 Video Player: most videos’ playback would be realized by HTML5 player instead of flash player if you are using a supported browser (Firefox4, Google Chrome, Opera 10.6+, Safari, IE 6,7,8,9).


3. Change your DNS servers.
  • Go Windows Start button, and run Control Panel.
  • Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  • Select Manage network connections.
  • Double click on active internet connection, probably named as Local Area Connection.
  • Click Properties.
  • Now double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), located in middle form.
  • Select Use the following DNS server addressed, and change them to:
Preferred DNS Server:
Alternate DNS Server:

Updated on 10.06.2010: If you are located in Europe, I would recommend you to use Google’s public DNS servers:

Preferred DNS Server:
Alternate DNS Server:

change DNS
  • Click OK to confirm changes to Open DNS servers.
4. Additionally, to those who only listen to music and care less about the MV video, you can try Fav Tube maybe. Since no video is loading, speed will be faster. Of course, there are lots of other tools.

5. Little tricks: maybe you can just watch to watch the later part of the video, just drag the play bar to the point you want to start, it will start buffering from there. Or if it still won’t work after all these are done, you may just download the YouTube video for enjoyment. Or check out your internet condition!

Without the boresome waiting and waiting, you can now smooth your YouTube videos playback. Have a try! May there be some other better ones? Leave a comment to let me know. (The 4th method is from: fixexe, thanks)

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