How to Improve Video Streaming on Mobile
We are all spending a lot of time at home these days. The coronavirus pandemic has led to national and local lockdowns, and even as restrictions are being lifted, people are going out less to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. A lot of hospitality businesses are still closed. Some social and sporting hobbies are also not possible due to social distancing restrictions. But, with all of this, the demand for video content is increasing and video streaming on mobile is an all-time high.
With all this time in our houses, it’s no surprise that many of us are streaming much more video content. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Apple TV+, and Disney+ provide some much-needed escapism from the scary reality of living through a global pandemic. It’s also easier than ever to watch TV shows and movies on modern mobile phones with bigger screens, more powerful processors, and longer battery life.
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However, sometimes things don’t run quite as smoothly as you’d hope. A poor mobile data signal can struggle to stream video content. Even if you have a broadband connection in your house, chances are that others in the household are doing the same thing and using up precious bandwidth. This leads to slow loading speeds, and frequent buffering. When that buffering icon pops up every couple of minutes, you just want to roll your eyes and give up.
Why does my video keep buffering on mobile?
Your mobile data speed largely depends on how far away you are from the closest mast. But even if you’re close to a cell tower, the mobile signal can be affected by obstacles in its path. This can include tall buildings, trees, or the walls of your house. Even things like energy-saving glass windows can block a mobile signal.
When your mobile reception is weak inside your house, this can lead to problems streaming video content. The signal just isn’t strong enough for the amount of data in a video. This can lead to a lot of frustration when you just want to watch TV but the video keeps buffering.
Luckily, there are a few things you can try to improve your video streaming and enjoy all your favorite shows in the comfort of your home.
Check your download speeds
Speedtest.net is a great site to quickly check your download and upload speeds. The higher the number, the faster the speed. You would generally need to have at least 5 Mbps download speed to stream regular video content. If your Wi-Fi speeds are less than this, you could try restarting your router to see if that helps. If your mobile data speed is less than this, a mobile signal booster can amplify the signal and improve your data connection.
Install software updates
Make sure that your mobile phone or device is fully up-to-date with software installations. You should also check to make sure you have the latest version of whatever streaming app you’re using.
Use a lower video stream quality
Most streaming sites allow you to manually set the video streaming quality. The default is usually something like “best available”, but this can lead to problems if your signal strength fluctuates. On smaller screens such as phones, tablets, or even laptops, you really don’t need the highest quality available. Setting your streaming quality to the lowest or medium setting uses lesser data. This means that your device can stream video content much more smoothly.
Stream during off-peak hours
You might find that your connection is the poorest in the evenings. This is when most people have finished work, or the kids have gone to bed, and many more users are trying to stream at the same time. This means that there is less bandwidth available for each individual user, so download speeds will be lower. If it’s possible to try to stream in the day time and certainly you will see faster video streaming on mobile.
Buy a mobile signal booster
A mobile signal booster is really the best solution to improve your mobile data signal and enjoy buffer-free TV shows and movies. Mobile signal repeaters pick up the 3G, 4G or 5G signal from outside your house, and then amplify it through an indoor booster unit. This gives you a full five-bar signal anywhere in your house and lightning-fast data speeds. You can watch all the online video content you want with no lag and no buffering.
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We love streaming TV shows and movies as much as you do, and our goal is to help you enjoy a smooth and fast streaming experience. If you’re tired of waiting for your videos to buffer, contact us today and we will help you find the perfect mobile signal booster to suit your needs.