When your shows keep getting interrupted, you may ask Why is Paramount Plus so slow?
We have made a guide that can assist you by providing some simple tips that help fix your Paramount Plus app if it is slow.
Why is Paramount Plus so slow?
The leading cause of Paramount Plus being so slow is likely a software or internet connection problem.
Are you running the most up-to-date Paramount Plus version, and is your Paramount Plus account properly logged in and connected?
When it is slow, Paramount Plus can be glitchy when watching shows.
Here are some tips on how to make stop Paramount Plus from being slow:
- Check the Server Status of Paramount Plus
- Restart the Paramount Plus app
- Sign out of the Paramount Plus app
- Soft Reset your Streaming Source Device
- Reset your Router
- Update your Paramount Plus and your streaming device
- Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet
- Decrease Video Streaming 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 Paramount Plus app Support
Scroll down to follow a more detailed guide on how to work through these steps and stop the Paramount Plus app from being so slow.
How to stop the Paramount Plus app from being slow
Method 1: Check to make sure Paramount + servers are operational
When Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus platform.
Method 2: Restart the Paramount Plus app
It is a good idea to restart the Paramount Plus app if you are experiencing slow performance.
By restarting the app, you allow any updates to correctly install and establish a new connection with the Paramount Plus servers.
This can help if Paramount Plus keeps freezing during content playback.
Method 3: Sign out of the Paramount Plus app
Another potential quick fix to Paramount Plus acting slow is to sign out of your account.
By signing out of your Paramount Plus account before your return and logging in, you may resolve any account-related issues causing slowness problems.
Method 4: Restart your Streaming Source Device
To access the Paramount Plus app, you will be using a streaming device to access the app.
The most common streaming devices for the Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus app.
By reducing the number of apps running in the background, you give the Paramount Plus app the best performance.
Method 5: Reset your Router
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it is effective in reducing the slowness of the Paramount Plus 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.
This action will “power-cycle” your router and provide more bandwidth to increase your ability to stream content faster on the Paramount Plus app.
Why does resetting your router reduce the Paramount Plus 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 of those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth available to the Paramount Plus app and subsequently throttle your download speed, creating slow playback.
Method 6: Update your Paramount Plus app
If you are streaming Paramount Plus 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 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 Paramount Plus 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.
How does having open apps cause the Paramount Plus app to be slow?
Imagine your internet connection to your Paramount Plus 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, making the Paramount Plus app slow.
Method 9: Decrease Video Quality
Check in the Paramount Plus app options when watching content if there is a toggle for video quality.
The higher the quality of content that 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 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 Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus 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 over 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 Paramount Plus 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 Paramount Plus app is so slow.
Method 15: Contact Paramount Plus Support
If you have tried all the tips above and nothing has worked, then you can contact Paramount Plus app support for further assistance.
If you followed the guide, you would have successfully stopped the Paramount Plus app from acting slowly.
We hope that you enjoy faster streaming.