Paramount Plus Lagging (Easy Fixes Here!)

| Published:

When you experience Paramount Plus lagging, it can quickly ruin your viewing experience.

Our guide will show you how to identify the causes of Paramount Plus lagging and how to fix it.

What causes Paramount Plus lagging?

Commonly, the cause of Paramount Plus lagging issues is an inefficient internet connection or software issue.

When you have an unoptimized internet connection, it can cause lagging or freezing on Paramount Plus when viewing content.

Screenshiot of Paramount Plus lagging

We have also found that outdated software applications on your streaming devices can cause lag on Paramount+.

Here are some tips on how to stop Paramount Plus lagging issues:

  1. Check the Paramount Plus network
  2. Restart your streaming device
  3. Restart your Router
  4. Update your Devices
  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 Paramount Plus Support

How to stop Paramount Plus Lagging issues

Method 1: Check that the Paramount Plus servers are operational

When Paramount Plus keeps lagging, most of the 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 Paramount Plus platform.

Paramount plus app keeps pausing check the network status

Method 2. Restart your Streaming Device

You’ll likely use a streaming device to access the Paramount Plus app.

The streaming device that you are using could be the cause of the lagging issues on Paramount Plus.

The most common streaming devices for Paramount 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

We recommend that you perform a power cycle on your streaming device to try and resolve the Paramount Plus lagging issues.

Unplug the device for 60 seconds, then plug it back in for a power cycle.

This restart clears the system cache, enabling any updates downloaded in the background to be installed and started.

If Paramount Plus is glitchy, the router reset can help resolve this issue.

Clearing the system cache and any lingering apps running in RAM can help reduce the buffering on Paramount Plus.

By reducing the number of apps running in the background, you can reduce Paramount Plus lagging issues.

Method 3. Reset your Router

Restarting your router is one of the most effective ways to stop Paramount Plus lagging issues.

How do I reset my router?

Simply unplugging your router from the wall socket for 30 seconds and then plugging it back in is the simplest way to reset it.

Unplug your router stop Paramount Plus lagging issues

This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to stream content faster on Paramount Plus.

Why does resetting your router reduce lagging issues?

Consider all the things that have been and are currently connected to the router. In today’s digital age, the router probably has many devices connected to it.

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

The Paramount Plus app’s bandwidth will be reduced by having all those devices connected, subsequently decreasing your download speed and cause lagging issues.

Method 4. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet

I would try to disconnect any none essential devices from the internet if you are unable to reset your router for whatever reason.

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

Every device that you can disconnect from your internet connection will help in preventing Paramount Plus lagging issues.

Method 5. Close any apps that are running

If you followed our first step, restarting your streaming device, this step would have already been completed for you. If not, keep closing any open apps.

How does having open apps cause Paramount Plus lagging issues?

The more apps you have, the more your internet and system resources are used, which in turn can cause lagging issues with Paramount Plus.

Taxing system resources impedes your ability to stream content faster, which results in lagging when watching the Paramount Plus app.

Method 6. 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 in preventing issues from arising over time.

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

An incomplete firmware installation or outdated firmware could be the root of Paramount Plus lagging.

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

Method 7. Use an Ethernet cable rather than a 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 streaming device along with the walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing Paramount Plus lagging issues.

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

Method 8. 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 9. Disable any Ad blockers or VPNs

VPNs and Ad blockers can negatively affect the streaming performance of Paramount Plus.

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

Method 10. Upgrade your Router

The router could be the bottleneck in your home network, causing your Paramount Plus lagging 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 yourself a massive bottleneck and a solid explanation as to why Paramount Plus is lagging.

Method 11. Contact Paramount Plus Support

If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, then you can contact Paramount Plus support for further assistance.


Following these instructions would have enabled you to decrease Paramount Plus’s lagging issue on your playback device.

We hope that you enjoy lag-free streaming.