Why Does YouTube Keep Pausing?

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Written by: Alex Popa


Why Does YouTube Keep Pausing?

YouTube pausing the video every now and then is up there with forgetting to add sugar to your coffee in terms of irritation. It just drives you crazy.

Well, while I can’t help you with the coffee issue, I can explain why YouTube is freezing constantly (and offer solutions).

To these to fix the YouTube pausing videos issue:

  1. The video is buffering, so you have loading issues
  2. Browser issues
  3. Internet speed issues
  4. The “Remind me to take a break” option is enabled on YouTube
  5. You have faulty headphones or headphone jack
  6. YouTube app cache issues
  7. Problems with your device

Every problem has a solution, though. Clearing the cache, waiting for the video to buffer, and getting higher-speed internet, all these will help.

But let’s take it one at a time. Read below for a detailed (and lengthy) guide on fixing the YouTube occasional freezes, screenshots included!

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Why Does YouTube Keep Pausing?

Reasons for YouTube Pausing Videos + Solutions

1. The Video Is Buffering

The number one reason why YouTube keeps pausing your video is that the video is still buffering because your internet speed is not good enough.

In other words, the video is loading. Your computer isn’t capable of rendering out the entire video from the start.

You can see the buffering progress on the bar at the bottom of the YouTube video.

The buffering bar is at the bottom of the video
The buffering bar is at the bottom of the video

The red line is your progress in the video, the time you’re currently at in the video. And the light-grey bar is the buffering progress (if the grey bar is MUCH longer than the red bar, that’s a good thing).

This means YouTube is pre-loading the video before you watch it. That’s so you can watch the video without interruptions.

YouTube is watching the video before you do, in other words… However, the buffering speed depends on how good your device is and the internet speed.

Sometimes, YouTube can’t pre-load the video fast enough, and you will reach the point where it hasn’t pre-loaded the video (the red bar meets the grey bar, and they have a falling out).

That’s when YouTube pauses the video automatically, so it has time to pre-load it further. Once it does that, you can continue watching the video.


If the buffering speed is low and YouTube pauses your video, there’s nothing you can do other than wait for the video to buffer.

Alternatively, you can acquire an internet subscription with higher internet speed. Your slow internet speed is likely causing the slow buffering speed.

More internet speed – faster-buffering speed for your YouTube videos – no pauses! Simple, right?

2. Browser Issues

Another reason YouTube may pause your video is that your browser is very slow. This usually happens because of the cache files.

Your browser has a cache file that stores all types of files, images, and folders. Once that cache file is filled up, the browser will start running slower.

To fix this issue, you need to clear your browser cache. To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner

Tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner
Tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner

If you’re on a computer, open your internet browser and look in the top-right corner for the three-dot icon (see the screenshot above). It’s next to your profile picture, so it should be easy to find.

Click on it and see the next steps:

2. Select “Settings

Select "Settings"
Select “Settings”

After you click on the three-dot icon, a new window will appear with several options, including the one you need – “Settings“.

Select it and follow my next instructions:

3. Select “Privacy and Security” on the left-hand side menu

Select "Privacy and Security" on the left-hand side menu
Select “Privacy and Security” on the left-hand side menu

After you click “Settings,” you’ll be taken to a different page that contains the browser settings. Look on the left-hand side, and you’ll see a menu with multiple options.

Find “Privacy and Security” (it should be second on the list) and click on it. That’s where you’ll find your cache settings – keep reading:

4. Select “Clear browsing data

Select "Clear browsing data"
Select “Clear browsing data”

After selecting “Privacy and Security“, you’ll see several new options in the center of the page. There are several options there, including “Clear browsing data“, “Privacy Guide“, “Cookies and other site data“, and more.

Select “Clear browsing” data and continue with the next steps!

5. Select “Clear Data

Select "Clear Data"
Select “Clear Data”

In the “Clear Browsing Data” tab, you’ll see three options that you can check – “Browsing history“, “Cookies and other site data“, and “Cached images and files“.

The purpose of this guide is to clear the cache files. But if you want to delete the history and cookies, you can select those options too.

In the “Time range” option at the top, you can select a period corresponding to the caches you want to delete.

The “All time” option is default selected, meaning all the cache files will be deleted.

Once you’re happy with your choices, click “Clear data” in the bottom-right corner, and you’re done. Your YouTube video should not pause anymore.

If it does, it means something else is to blame, in which case you should look toward other issues/solutions!

3. Internet Speed Issues

Another possible cause of pausing YouTube videos is bad internet speed/connection. This is related to the first issue on this list – buffering speed.

Because of a low internet speed, your buffering speed will also be low, so the video will be paused to load.

To check your internet speed, go to Ookla (speedtest.net) or a similar website and check your internet connection.

Ookla internet speed test
Ookla internet speed test

To be more precise, the internet test will show you your internet speed, download, and upload speed. Pay attention to the download speed.

If it’s under 10 Mbps, then it’s no wonder your YouTube video keeps getting paused. You have a bad internet connection and a low internet speed.

Disclaimer – even with internet speeds above 10 Mbps, the video might still be buffering if you’re watching in higher quality. Sometimes, even at 90 Mpbs, the video buffers at 4K resolution.


The only solution is to talk to your internet provider and get additional services for more internet speed and a better internet connection.

This will solve your issue completely. Your YouTube videos won’t be paused anymore because they can buffer much faster.

4. The “Remind Me to Take a Break” Option Is Enabled on YouTube

There’s an option on the YouTube app (mobile) that will auto-pause your videos now and then.

The option is named “Remind Me to Take a Break?” and does exactly what it says. It pauses your videos so you can take a break from YouTube.

This option is disabled by default, but you may have forgotten it on at some point.

Follow the steps below to turn it off again:

1. Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner

Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner
Tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner

Open the YouTube app on your phone and look in the top-right corner for your profile picture. Tap on it to open your YouTube settings.

Follow the steps below for more instructions!

2. Tap on “Settings

Tap on "Settings"
Tap on “Settings”

After you tap on your profile picture, you’ll open a menu with several options. Look for the “Settings” option and select it. It should be at the bottom of the page (check the screenshot above).

3. Select “General

Select "General"
Select “General”

After you open the YouTube settings, a new menu with multiple options will appear. Select the first option – “General“.

These are the general YouTube settings.

4. Disable the “Remind me to take a break” option

Disable the "Remind me to take a break" option
Disable the “Remind me to take a break” option

In the “General” settings, you should find the “Remind me to take a break” option quickly. It’s the first option on the list.

Select it to disable it. If it’s enabled, it will be blue, like in the picture above. When it’s disabled, it will have a grey color.

Once you disable it, the YouTube videos should not pause anymore.

5. You Have Faulty Headphones or Headphone Jack

Did you know that YouTube automatically pauses your video when it detects that your headphones are not plugged in correctly?

It does that so you don’t miss anything from the video. This might be the reason why your videos keep getting paused.

Either your headphones are faulty, or your headphone jack is defective. Try plugging in your headphones in another USB port on your computer.

This problem won’t appear on your mobile phone. It only occurs on computers.

6. YouTube App Cache Issues

This problem is for mobile phones only. Like your internet browser creates a cache folder on a computer, so does YouTube on a mobile device.

To clear the YouTube cache, follow the steps below:

1. Tap on the Gear icon on your phone

Tap on the Gear icon on your phone
Tap on the Gear icon on your phone

Open your phone and look for the gear icon in your app list. The gear icon is where your phone settings are at.

Find it and tap on it to continue!

2. Select “Apps

Select "Apps"
Select “Apps”

After you go to the phone settings, scroll through the options until you find the “Apps” option. Select it and see what’s next:

3. Select “Manage Apps

Select "Manage Apps"
Select “Manage Apps”

After selecting “Apps”, you’ll be taken to another page where you must select “Manage Apps“. This will take you directly to the app list.

If you’re already on the app list and this step doesn’t exist on your mobile device, skip it (some mobile phones are different).

4. Find YouTube and select it

Find YouTube and select it
Find YouTube and select it

Once you open the app list, you’ll see a list of all the apps you’ve installed on your mobile device. To find YouTube faster, use the search bar at the top to look for it.

If you have no search bar, find it manually. Once you do, tap on it.

5. Select “Clear data” at the bottom of the page

Select "Clear data" at the bottom of the page
Select “Clear data” at the bottom of the page

On the YouTube “App Info” page, you’ll find all the settings that you can change for the YouTube app on your phone.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll see the “Clear data” button. Tap on it.

6. Select “Clear Cache

Select "Clear Cache"
Select “Clear Cache”

After you tap on “Clear data“, a window will appear, asking you what type of data you want to delete. I recommend deleting all the data, but if you don’t want that, you can only clear the cache.

Select “Clear cache,” and that’s it. Your phone will clear the YouTube cache automatically. You should try and see if your video keeps pausing.

7. Problems with Your Device

The last possible issue is that your device is to blame. Either your computer or your mobile phone is glitching out.

Restart them and see if this solves the problem. If a glitch or an error was causing the problem, then restarting the device should fix it.

This will completely reboot the operating system, clearing any errors and glitches.

And you’re done!

The next time this happens, you’ll know what to do. If you have any questions, post a comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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