Why is Crunchyroll so slow? (Easy Fixes!)

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It can be very frustrating if you are browsing or watching Crunchyroll and it’s performing slowly.

We have made a guide that can assist you by providing some simple tips that help fix your Crunchyroll app if it is slow.

Why is Crunchyroll so slow?

The main cause of Crunchyroll being so slow is likely a software or internet connection problem.

Are you running the most up-to-date Crunchyroll version, and is your account properly logged in and connected?

Here are some tips on how to make stop Crunchyroll from being slow:

How to stop the Crunchyroll app from being slow

Method 1: Reset your Router

This is one of the book’s oldest tricks, but it effectively reduces the slowness of the Crunchyroll 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 Crunchyroll being so slow
Restarting your Router almost always improves your bandwidth capacity to be able to stream content effectively.

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

Why does resetting your router reduce the Crunchyroll app being so slow?

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 Crunchyroll app and subsequently throttle your download speed, creating slow playback.

Method 2: Restart the Crunchyroll app

Restarting the Crunchyroll app if you are experiencing slow performance is a good idea.

Restarting the Crunchyroll app allows any updates to correctly install and establish a new connection with the servers.

Method 3: Sign out of the Crunchyroll app

Another potential quick fix to Crunchyroll acting slow is to sign out of your account.

By signing out of your Crunchyroll account before your return and logging in, you may resolve any account-related issues that are causing the slowness problems to occur.

Method 4: Restart your Streaming Device

To access the Crunchyroll app, you will be using a streaming device to access the app.

The most common streaming devices for the Crunchyroll app 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 eliminating the slow Crunchyroll app performance 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 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 increase the speed of the Crunchyroll app.

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

Crunchyroll operating slow
A screenshot of the Crunchyroll slow performance

Method 5: Update your Crunchyroll app

If you are streaming Crunchyroll using a device such as a Firestick, Roku, or smart TV, then I recommend updating the app if possible.

Method 6: 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 connection will help stop the Crunchyroll app being so slow.

Method 7: 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. Otherwise, please continue to close any running apps.

How does having open apps cause the Crunchyroll app to be slow?

Imagine your internet connection to your  Crunchyroll 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 stream content faster, resulting in the Crunchyroll app being slow.

Method 8: Decrease Video Quality

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

The higher quality of content you stream, the more likely it is that slow playback will occur.

Try to decrease the video quality, especially if the quality is set to 4K.

Method 9: 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 installation could cause the Crunchyroll app to be slow.

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

Method 10: 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 streaming device along with the walls, floor, and ceilings can all deteriorate the quality of your internet connection, causing the Crunchyroll app to be slow.

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

Method 11: Disable any Ad blockers or VPNs

VPNs and Ad blockers can negatively affect the streaming performance of the Crunchyroll app.

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

Method 12: 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 over a 1gbps connection.

Method 13: 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 Crunchyroll app slowness problems.

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 Crunchyroll app is so slow.

Method 14: Check to make sure Crunchyroll servers are operational

When Crunchyroll is buffering or acting slow, most issues will usually be with your network or streaming device.

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

Check the Crunchyroll severs when buffering starts
It is worthwhile checking the server status of Crunchyroll when performing slowly.

Method 15: Contact Crunchyroll Support

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


If you had followed the guide, you would have successfully stopped the Crunchyroll app from acting slow.

We hope that you enjoy faster streaming.