Disney Plus Keeps Buffering (Easy Fixes!)

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Disney Plus’s buffering can ruin your TV show or movie and is a source of frustration.

We will look at what causes Disney Plus buffering and the steps you can take to fix it.

Why does Disney Plus keep buffering?

The buffering on Disney Plus occurs because of a poor home internet connection or outdated software installed on your streaming device.

A sign of a poor internet connection is when Disney Plus constantly pauses when viewing content.

You can increase your ability to reduce buffering in several ways when viewing Disney Plus.

Here are some tips on how to make stop Disney Plus Buffering:

  1. Reboot your router
  2. Restart the Disney Plus app
  3. Sign out of Disney Plus
  4. Soft Reset your Streaming Source Device
  5. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
  6. Close any other apps that are running
  7. Use an Ethernet cable rather than a Wi-Fi
  8. Upgrade your Internet Connection
  9. Disable VPNs or Ad blockers
  10. Upgrade your Router
  11. Contact Disney Plus Support
  12. Check the Disney servers

How to stop Disney Plus Buffering

Method 1. Reset your Router

Restarting your router is my favourite hack to get Disney Plus to stop buffering.

How do I reset my router?

The easiest way to reset your router is to unplug it from the wall socket for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.

Unplug your router stop Disney Plus Buffering

This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to stream content faster on Disney Plus without buffering.

Why does resetting your router reduce Disney Plus Buffering?

Think of all the devices that are and have been connected to the router. I’m sure that in today’s digital world, quite a few devices are connected to the router.

Your router is like a mini-PC and will slow down as more tasks are added.

Having all those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth of the Disney Plus app and subsequently throttle your download speed, creating buffering.

Method 2: Restart the Disney Plus app

Restarting the Disney Plus when you experience buffering is a good idea.

Restarting the Disney Plus app enables any updates to be correctly installed and establishes a new connection with the servers.

Close Disney Plus if the app is buffering

Method 3: Sign out of the Disney Plus app

Signing out your account is another quick fix for Disney Plus buffering issues.

Method 4. Restart your Streaming Source Device

To access Disney Plus, you will use a streaming device to access the app.

The most common streaming devices for Disney Plus are:

  • Smart TVs
  • Streaming Stick such as Apple TV, Firestick, or Roku
  • Games Consoles such as Playstation and XBOX
  • A PC or Macbook Laptop

The universal recommendation for these devices and the first step in trying to eliminate Disney Plus buffering issues is to perform a power cycle of these systems.

To perform a power cycle of the devices, unplug them for 60 seconds before plugging them back in.

This restart allows any updates that have been downloaded in the background to install and start successfully, and it also clears the system cache.

Clearing the system cache and any lingering RAM apps can help reduce the buffering on Disney plus.

Reducing the number of apps running in the background gives Disney Plus stream the needed content.

Method 5. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet

If you cannot reset your router, I would try disconnecting non-essential devices from the internet.

Is someone in your home watching Netflix? What about your phone? Is someone downloading on XBOX?

Every device you can disconnect from your internet connection will help stop Disney Plus buffering issues.

Method 6. Close any apps that are running

If you have followed our first step of restarting your streaming device, then this step would have been completed for you, otherwise, please continue to close any running apps.

How does having open apps cause Disney Plus to buffer?

Your internet connection to Disney Plus application is like a computer.

The more games and apps running impede your ability to stream content faster, resulting in buffering occurring when watching the Disney Plus app.

Method 7. Update your streaming device software/firmware before downloading

Whether you are using a TV, Streaming Stick, or Games console, updating your firmware or software to the latest version can help prevent issues from arising over time.

Sometimes updates can be missed, or an installation can be interrupted and cause issues with your streaming device.

Old firmware or a partial firmware installation could cause Disney Plus to buffer.

Ensuring you have the latest software on your devices gives you access to new apps and an improved viewing experience.

Method 8. Use an Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi

It is almost always true that you will get a better download speed when you use an Ethernet (Wired Connection) rather than Wi-Fi.

Wired connections transmit data quicker and with less interference. Fewer variables can hinder the quality of the connection.

Wi-Fi connections are slower and generally have a slower response time.

The distance from your streaming device, along with the walls, floor, and ceilings, can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing Disney Plus buffering issues.

I always use a wired connection when available, and you should too!

Method 9. Upgrade your Internet Connection

Not everyone has access to high download speed through their ISP (Internet Service Provider), but for those that do, consider upgrading your internet connection.

It is pretty straightforward that a 100mbps connection will have a slower download rate than a 1gbps connection.

Method 10. Disable any Ad blockers or VPNs

VPNs and Ad blockers can negatively affect the streaming performance of Disney Plus, causing buffering problems.

Your connection to a VPN will always limit the speed at which you can stream content.

Method 11: Check that the Disney Plus servers are up and running.

When Disney Plus is acting slow or simply failing to load, most issues will usually be with your network or playback device.

Before you go into the other fixes listed below, it is worthwhile to check that there are no issues or outages with the Disney Plus platform.

If the disney plus app is not working, check the network servers.

Method 12. Contact Disney Plus Support

If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, then you can contact the Disney Plus support team for help identifying the root cause of the buffering issues.


If you followed the guide, you would have successfully reduced the buffering of Disney Plus on your streaming device.

We hope that you enjoy buffer-free streaming.

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