I am facing issues streaming Youtube videos on iPad (using the native Youtube app)

My connection speed is 3.1 Mbps, which I guess is decent for video streaming. Also I agree that I would not get the full 3.1 Mbps and would only get about 1/3rd. So I get around 1 Mbps based on speedtest.

Now what should I do to fix the Youtube streaming and is it a known issue with speed limits for the Youtube app ?

Thank you.

  • Are you using 3G or Wi-Fi?
    – PeterMay
    Dec 8, 2011 at 23:11
  • I am using a 3.1 Mbps Wifi connection.. Dec 9, 2011 at 6:52

2 Answers 2


This is sometimes a problem when there are a large number of apps open at once, or the iPad is otherwise running low on memory.

I have an iPad 1, and unless I set the quality fairly low, there is no guarantee I will get a decent viewing experience.

To try and fix this, first close all apps but youtube, then, if that doesn't work, reboot your device.


I frequently have this problem with YouTube (old iOS native app and googles official version). And I have a 20Mb connection. I have just replaced the official app with a free alternative called Jasmine from the AppStore and its so much quicker. Prior to this I was using the mobile website, which was also quite a bit quicker.

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