Funimation, the streaming service for anime and TV shows, is getting better but it still has some problems. When Funimation keeps pausing or stops for a moment in the middle of an episode you’re watching it can be really frustrating
We have compiled a list of tips that will help improve your playback quality. Some of these simple adjustments can make for a smoother viewing experience.
Why does Funimation keep pausing?
Funimation keeps pausing because of either an unoptimized internet connection or a software issue.
When you don’t have an optimized internet connection, you may experience pauses while playing content.
Here are some thing to try to make stop Funimation from pausing:
- Check the Funimation Server
- Restart the Funimation app
- Sign out of the Funimation app
- Reset your Streaming Device
- Reset your Router
- Update Funimation and your streaming device
- Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
- Decrease Video Playback Quality
- Close any other apps that are running
- Use an Ethernet cable rather than a Wi-Fi
- Upgrade your Internet Connection
- Disable VPNs or Ad blockers
- Upgrade your Router
- Contact the Funimation app Support
Follow these steps and stop the Funimation app from pausing.
How to stop the Funimation app from pausing
Method 1: Check to make sure Funimation servers are operational
When Funimation keeps buffering or pausing, the vast majority of the issues will usually be with your network or playback device.
It is worth checking that there are no issues or outages with the Funimation platform.
Method 2: Restart the Funimation app
Restarting the Funimation app may help to resolve unexpected pauses when streaming content.
By restarting the Funimation app, you give the opportunity for any updates to be correctly installed and establish a new connection with the Funimation servers.
Method 3: Sign out of the Funimation app
Another potential quick fix to the Funimation pausing problem is to sign out of your account.
By signing out of your Funimation account before your return and log in, you may resolve any account-related issues that are causing the pausing problems to occur.
Method 4: Restart your Playback Source Device
To access the Funimation app, you will be using a playback device to access the app.
The most common playback devices for the Funimation app are:
- Smart TVs
- Content Devices such as Funimation, 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 the Funimation app pausing issues is to perform a power cycle of these systems.
To perform a power cycle of the devices, simply unplug them for 60 seconds before plugging them back in.
This restart allows any updates that have been downloaded in the background to successfully install and start, and it also clears the system cache.
Clearing the system cache and any lingering apps running in RAM can help in reducing the pausing of the Funimation app.
By reducing the number of apps running in the background, you give the Funimation app the best performance.
Method 5: Reset your Router
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it is definitely effective in reducing the pausing on the Funimation app.
How do I reset my router?
The easiest way to reset your router is to simply unplug it from the wall socket for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.
This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to play content faster on the Funimation app.
Why does resetting your router reduce the Funimation app pausing?
Think of all the devices that are and have been connected to the router. I’m sure that in today’s digital world that 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 of those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth available to the Funimation app and subsequently throttle your download speed, which in turn creates pausing.
Method 6: Update your Funimation app
If you are playing Funimation using a device such as a Firestick, Roku or smart TV then I would recommend that you update the app if possible.
Method 7: Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
If you cannot reset your router for any reason, I would try and disconnect none essential devices from the internet.
Is someone in your home watching Funimation? What about your phone? Is someone downloading games or apps on XBOX?
Every device that you can disconnect from your internet connection will help in stopping the Funimation app pausing issues.
Method 8: Close any apps that are running
If you have followed our first step of restarting your playback device, then this step would have been completed for you, otherwise please continue to close any running apps.
How does having open apps cause the Funimation app to freeze?
Imagine your internet connection to your Funimation application like an artery in your body. The more games and apps that are running are like blockages in your arteries, sorry for the weird analogy!
Those blockages impede your ability to play content faster, and then that results in pausing occurring when watching the Funimation app.
Method 9: Decrease Video Quality
Check in the Funimation app options when watching content if there is a toggle for video quality.
The higher the quality content that you play, the more likely it is that pausing will occur.
Try and decrease the video quality, especially if you have the quality set to 4K.
Method 10: Update your device software/firmware before downloading
Whether you are using a TV, Content Device, or Games console, updating your firmware or software to the latest version can help in preventing issues from arising over time.
Sometimes updates can be missed, or an installation can be interrupted and cause issues with your playback device.
Old firmware or a partial firmware installation could cause the Funimation app to freeze.
Ensuring that you have the latest software on your devices also gives you access to new apps and an improved viewing experience.
Method 11: Use an Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi
It is almost always true that when you use an Ethernet (Wired Connection) rather than Wi-Fi, you will get a better download speed.
Wired connections transmit data quicker and with less interference. There are also fewer variables that can hinder the quality of connection.
Wi-Fi connections are slower and generally have a slower response time.
The distance from your playback device along with the walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing the Funimation app pausing issues.
I always use a wired connection when it is available, and you should too!
Method 12: Disable any Ad blockers or VPNs
VPNs and Ad blockers can negatively affect the playback performance of the Funimation app.
Your connection to a VPN will always limit the speed at which you can play content.
We understand that using a VPN can be a sensible choice, especially due to privacy concerns.
Unfortunately, by using a VPN, you are creating another dependency that can cause Funimation to freeze if there are any problems or limited speed.
Method 13: 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 14: Upgrade your Router
This option will not apply to everyone, but for some gamers, the router could be the bottleneck in their home network, causing the Funimation app pausing problems.
If you have consistently upgraded your internet speed through your ISP but are still using an older router, you may wish to check what the maximum download speed of your router is.
It’s all good having a 1gbps connection, but if your router can only download at 100mbps, then you’ve got a massive bottleneck and a solid explanation as to why the Funimation app is pausing.
Method 15: Contact Funimation Support
If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, then you can contact Funimation app support for further assistance.
We hope that we were able to resolve the Funimation pausing issues for you.
Let us know in the comments below if these tips helped.