How To Speed Up YouTube on iPad

by Tony Chung on November 16, 2010

I was playing around with an iPad recently and noticed a significant lag when waiting for YouTube videos to load. If you’ve been through a similar experience, you know how irritating it gets viewing start-stop, start-stop video streaming. :p

Below are a few different methods that could speed up the loading process. Try them one by one to see which solution works best for your situation:

  1. Change Your DNS Settings (tips courtesy of iPad Video Converter)

    Step 1: Enter the settings menu on your iPad, select the General > Network > WiFi.Step 2: Then select the WiFi network that you use, tap on the blue arrow to the right.

    Step 3: You then need to type in your new DNS (208.67.222.222 ) settings into the space provided, if you have DNS setting you would like to keep a record of then you can simply press the Home/Power buttons at the same time to take a screenshot that will be saved in your Photo library.

  2. Try turning off your Bluetooth in the Settings -> General -> Network category.
  3. Try resetting your wireless router or modem.
  4. Login to your YouTube account and adjust settings. This is the ultimate final desperation option.  Create a YouTube account if you don’t have one, log in, and adjust your settings to “I have a slow connection”.  The videos you watch will stream in a lower quality but will theoretically load faster.

If none of these solutions work, then it could be a problem with YouTube.  There has been discussion of YouTube throttling speeds in major traffic areas. There are people who line in NYC get buffering issues regularly. So it could be a regional problem.

If you are also experiencing slow speed on your iPhone, here is an article to help speed up your iPhone 3G or 3Gs.

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