The cheapest Netflix plan limits users to watching content on a tablet or mobile device, while all other tiers allow users to watch content on their desktop. The streaming quality and number of devices available for viewing vary, but Netflix offers SD, HD, and Ultra HD options.
Why is my Netflix lagging?
It goes without saying that the quality of your Netflix stream will be determined not only by the plan you’ve purchased, but also by the speed of your internet connection. Netflix lowers the stream quality when it detects a poor or weak internet connection.
Netflix compensates for slow internet by lowering the stream quality from HD to SD. It will typically buffer a title a little ahead of time so that the stream runs smoothly and without stuttering. If Netflix is constantly lagging on Windows 10, try the fixes below.
Fix Netflix lagging on Windows 10
1. Check internet connection
The lag could be caused by your internet connection. It is, in fact, the first thing you should do.
- Open your browser.
- Use the Netflix Fast tool to check your internet connection’s speed and stability.
- If the tool tells you there’s a problem with the connection, you will have to resolve it before you can watch anything.
2. Restart system/router
Netflix may be lagging due to a system or router issue, which can be resolved with a simple restart.
- Shut down your system.
- Press the power button on the router to power it off.
- Unplug it for fifteen minutes.
- Plug the router back in.
- Power the router on.
- Turn your system on.
- Try streaming on Netflix.
3. Disable VPN
Many people use a VPN to watch Netflix. It allows them to access content that is only available in certain regions. While using a VPN is the only way to do so, it’s possible that it’s the source of the lag.
Disconnect from the VPN and try to watch something on Netflix that is available in your country. If the lagging stops, you’ll need to find a new VPN that won’t obstruct your streaming.
4. Quit other apps
Many apps use the internet, and if they’re all using it at the same time as you’re trying to watch Netflix, you’re sharing the connection. This will have an impact on the amount of bandwidth available for streaming.
Turn off any apps that use the internet, such as Steam, download managers, torrents, and so on.
It’s also a good idea to make the connection a metered one. This will stop Windows 10 from downloading updates and hogging your internet connection.
- Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
- Go to Network and Internet.
- Select the WiFi tab.
- Click on your network.
- Scroll down and turn the Metered connection switch on.
5. Try a different browser
Although Netflix has a dedicated app for Windows 10, you can still watch it in your browser. If you’re using the Netflix app, try using the browser instead. Switch to a different browser if you’re already watching in one. It might be beneficial.
Netflix can be viewed using the browsers listed below.
Switch to any of the above and try streaming.
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6. Download Netflix title
Some Netflix titles are available for download. Check to see if the title can be downloaded if the lag persists.
- Open the Netflix app.
- Click the title you want to watch.
- Click the download button (if available).
- Allow the title to download and then watch it.
Still Experiencing Netflix Lagging? CONCLUSION
Netflix has proven to be a reliable service. Its problems are usually caused by an issue with the internet or a VPN service.
There isn’t much you can do if your internet connection is slow except upgrade your plan. You’ll need to contact your ISP if your connection is unstable.