Youtube TV choppy? (Try this!)

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Is your YouTube TV playback choppy? Fear not, there are some simple solutions that can help improve the speed and performance.

We have made a guide that can assist you by providing some simple tips that will help fix your YouTube TV app if it is choppy.

Why is Youtube TV so choppy?

The main cause of YouTube TV being so choppy is likely either a software or internet connection problem.

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

Here are some tips on how to make stop Youtube TV from being choppy:

  1. Check the Server Status of Youtube TV
  2. Restart the Youtube TV app
  3. Sign out of the Youtube TV app
  4. Soft Reset your Streaming Source Device
  5. Reset your Router
  6. Update your Youtube TV 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. Contact the Youtube TV app Support

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

How to stop the Youtube TV app from being choppy

Method 1: Check to make sure Youtube TV servers are operational

When Youtube TV is lagging or acting choppy, most of the 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 Youtube TV platform.

Youtube tv is choppy check the network status
It is worthwhile checking the server status of Youtube TV when it is performing choppy.

Method 2: Restart the Youtube TV app

It is a good idea to restart the Youtube TV app if you are experiencing choppy performance.

By restarting the Youtube TV app, you give the opportunity for any updates to be correctly installed and establish a new connection with the Youtube TV servers.

Method 3: Sign out of the Youtube TV app

Another potential quick fix to Youtube TV acting choppy is to sign out of your account.

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

Method 4: Restart your Streaming Source Device

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

The most common streaming devices for the Youtube TV 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 choppy Youtube TV 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 increase the Youtube TV app’s speed.

By reducing the number of apps running in the background, you give the YouTube TV 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 choppiness of the YouTube TV 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 Youtube TV being so choppy
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 Youtube TV app.

Why does resetting your router reduce the Youtube TV app being so choppy?

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 becomes choppy as more tasks are added.

Having all of those devices connected will reduce the bandwidth available to the Youtube TV app and subsequently throttle your download speed, which in turn creates choppy playback.

Method 6: Update your Youtube TV app

I would advise you to upgrade the app if you can if you are watching Youtube TV via a Firestick, Roku, or smart TV.

Method 7: Disconnect other devices in your home from the internet

If you are unable to reset your router for whatever reason, I would disconnect any non-essential devices from the internet.

Is someone in your home watching Youtube TV? 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 Youtube TV app from being so choppy.

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 Youtube TV app to be choppy?

Imagine your internet connection to your  Youtube TV 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 Youtube TV app being choppy.

Method 9: Decrease Video Quality

Check in the Youtube TV 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 choppy 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 Youtube TV app to be choppy.

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 Youtube TV app to be choppy.

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 Youtube TV app.

The speed at which you can stream content will always be limited by your VPN connection.

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 Youtube TV to be choppy.

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 choppier download rate than a 1gbps connection.

Method 14: Contact Youtube TV Support

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


If you have followed the guide, then you would have been successful in stopping the Youtube TV app from acting choppy.

We hope that you enjoy faster streaming.

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