HBO Max Stuttering (Solved!)

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HBO Max can be very frustrating if it keeps Stuttering and interrupting your content streaming.

In this article, we closely examine what causes stuttering when viewing HBO Max and how you can fix it.

Why does HBO Max keep Stuttering?

The cause of HBO Max Stuttering is likely caused by an internet connectivity or software problem.

When your internet bandwidth is not optimized, Stuttering will often occur when playing content.

HBO Max suttering playback

You can increase your ability to reduce stuttering when viewing the HBO Max app in several ways.

How to stop the HBO Max app from Stuttering

Method 1: Reset your Router

This is one of the book’s oldest tricks, but it effectively reduces the Stuttering on the HBO Max app.

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 HBO max from stuttering
Restarting your Router almost always improves your bandwidth capacity to play content effectively.

This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to play content faster on the HBO Max app.

Method 2: Restart the HBO Max app

Restarting the HBO Max app if you are experiencing stuttering issues is a good idea.

Restarting the HBO Max app allows any updates to be installed correctly and establishes a new connection with the HBO Max servers.

Some users have stated that they have issues with HBO not working on their TV. You should look to close the app and restart it.

Method 3: Sign out of the HBO Max app

Another potential quick fix to the HBO Max stuttering problem is to sign out of your account.

By signing out of your HBO Max account before your return and logging in, you may resolve any account-related issues causing the stuttering problems.

Method 4: Restart your streaming device

To access the HBO Max app, you will be using a playback device to access the app.

The most common playback devices for the HBO Max app are:

  • Smart TVs
  • Content Devices such as HBO Max, 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 eliminating the HBO Max app Stuttering issues is to perform a power cycle of these systems.

HBO Max stuttering PS5

We have had many reports of users struggling with HBO Max stuttering on PS5.

You should try and use a wired connection, if possible, rather than Wi-FI, but we also recommend restarting your PS5.

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

This restart allows any updates downloaded in the background to install and start successfully and clears the system cache.

Clearing the system cache and any lingering apps running in RAM can help reduce the Stuttering of the HBO Max app.

Reducing the number of apps running in the background gives the HBO Max app the best performance.

Why does resetting your router reduce the HBO Max app Stuttering?

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 available to the HBO Max app and subsequently throttle your download speed, creating Stuttering.

Method 6: Update your HBO Max app

If you are playing HBO Max using a device such as a Firestick, Roku, or smart TV, then I recommend updating 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 Netflix? What about your phone? Is someone downloading games or apps on XBOX?

Every device you can disconnect from your internet will help stop the HBO Max app stuttering issues.

Method 8: Close any apps that are running

If you had followed our earlier step of restarting your playback device, then this step would have been completed.

Otherwise, please continue to close any running apps.

How does having open apps cause the HBO Max app to Stutter?

Imagine your internet connection to your  HBO Max application like an artery in your body.

The more games and apps running are like blockages in your arteries. Sorry for the weird analogy!

Those blockages impede your ability to play content faster, resulting in stuttering when watching the HBO Max app.

Having several apps open simultaneously can also lead to HBO Max being glitchy.

Method 9: Decrease Video Quality

Check in the HBO Max app options when watching content if there is a toggle for video quality.

The higher the quality of content you play, the more likely stuttering will occur.

Try to decrease the video quality, especially if the quality is 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 prevent 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 installation could cause the HBO Max app to stutter.

Ensuring 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 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.

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

The distance from your playback device and the walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing the HBO Max app stuttering issues.

I always use a wired connection when 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 HBO Max 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, using a VPN creates another dependency that can cause HBO Max to Stutter 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

If you have consistently upgraded your internet speed through your ISP but are still using an older router, you may wish to check your router’s maximum download speed.

It’s all good having a 1gbps connection, but if your router can only download at 100mbps, you’ve got a massive bottleneck and a solid explanation as to why the HBO Max app is Stuttering.

Method 14: Contact HBO Max Support

If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, you can contact HBO Max app support for further assistance.

Method 15: Check HBO Max servers

When HBO Max keeps buffering, 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 HBO Max platform.

HBO Max is stuttering check Down Detector
The Down Detector website monitors the HBO Max network for any issues


We hope this guide helped you reduce the stuttering of the HBO Max app on your streaming device.

We hope that you enjoy Stutter-free playback.

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