Why is Hulu so slow? (Try these fixes first)

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When trying to watch shows through interruptions, you may ask why is Hulu so slow?

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

Why is Hulu so slow?

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

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

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

  1. Check the Server Status of Hulu
  2. Restart the Hulu app
  3. Sign out of the Hulu app
  4. Soft Reset your Streaming Source Device
  5. Reset your Router
  6. Update your Hulu and your streaming device
  7. Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
  8. Decrease Video Streaming Quality
  9. Close any other apps that are running
  10. Use an Ethernet cable rather than a Wi-Fi
  11. Upgrade your Internet Connection
  12. Disable VPNs or Ad blockers
  13. Upgrade your Router
  14. Contact the Hulu app Support

Scroll down to follow a more detailed guide on how to work through these steps and stop the Hulu app from being so slow.

How to stop the Hulu app from being slow

Method 1: Check to make sure that the Hulu servers are operational

When Hulu 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 Hulu platform.

Check down detector if Hulu is slow
It is worthwhile checking the server status of Hulu when it is performing slowly.

Method 2: Restart the Hulu app

It is a good idea to restart the Hulu app if you are experiencing slow performance.

By restarting the Hulu app, you give the opportunity for any updates to correctly install and establish a new connection with the Hulu servers.

Method 3: Sign out of the Hulu app

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

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

Method 4: Restart your Streaming Source Device

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

The most common streaming devices for the Hulu 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 trying to eliminate the slow Hulu app performance 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 increasing the speed of the Hulu app.

By reducing the number of apps running in the background, you give the Hulu 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 slowness of the Hulu 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.

Unplug your router, stop Hulu being so slow
Restarting your Router almost always improves your bandwidth capacity to be able to effectively stream content.

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

Why does resetting your router reduce the Hulu 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 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 Hulu app and subsequently throttle your download speed, which in turn creates slow playback.

Method 6: Update your Hulu app

If you are streaming Hulu using a device such as a Firestick, Roku or smart TV then I would recommend that you update the app if possible.

By the way, if you have an LG Smart TV, there are ways to access the HBO Max app.

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 that you can disconnect from your internet connection will help in stopping the Hulu app is so slow.

Method 8: 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.

Did you know that they are also ways to get the ESPN app on your LG TV?

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

Imagine your internet connection to your  Hulu 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 stream content faster, and then that results in the Hulu app is slow.

Method 9: Decrease Video Quality

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

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

Try and decrease the video quality, especially if you have the quality set to 4K.

Method 10: 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.

Old firmware or a partial firmware installation could cause the Hulu app to be slow.

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

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 streaming performance of the Hulu 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, by using a VPN, you are creating another dependency that can cause Hulu to be slow.

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 Hulu 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 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 the Hulu app is so slow.

Method 15: Contact Hulu Support

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


If you have followed the guide, then you would have been successful in stopping the Hulu app from acting slow.

We hope that you enjoy faster streaming.

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