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How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speed on Windows?

As far as video streaming services go, there is no doubt YouTube is the undisputed authority. While YouTube's features have been constantly growing, the streaming performance has become somewhat erratic. There are instances where YouTube's streaming slows down to a crawl and sometimes, the buffering even stops for no apparent reason. This all adds up to loads of frustration for your YouTube viewing experience. Fortunately, we've come across a pretty simple hack that will significantly improve YouTube streaming speed in Windows.

Improve YouTube Streaming Speed


This hack requires inputting a one-line command in Command Prompt. By running this command, Jaxov will not be held responsible for any consequences that shall be caused on your end. Please follow this guide at your own risk.

Steps on How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speed:

  1. Launch Command Prompt as an administrator. To do this, click the Windows button, type ‘cmd’, right-click on the Command Prompt, and select ’Run as administrator’. Once the User Account Control (UAC) window pops up, make sure that you click Yes.
  2. How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speed

  3. After launching the Command Prompt, copy the command below, exactly as it appears:
  4. netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="YouTubePerformanceHack" dir=in action=block remoteip=, enable=yes

  5. Now, right click anywhere in the Command Prompt window and select 'Paste'. (CTRL+C and CTRL+V do not work in the Command Prompt.)
  6. Hit 'Enter' to execute the command. If done right, you should receive an 'OK.' response, as shown in the screenshot below.
  7. How to Improve YouTube Streaming Speed_CMD

Now, you can go ahead and test if this little hack has worked for you. You should be able to notice that YouTube has now significantly improved its buffering performance.  Try all sorts of video quality and see how this hack improve YouTube streaming. I was able to stream 360p, 480p, and even 720p videos with very little hiccups.

How does his little trick improve YouTube streaming? Apparently, some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) do throttle downloads from servers that host cached videos like YouTube. By running this command, you are essentially bypassing your ISP's throttling, as this forces YouTube’s servers to push the video directly to you, instead of the cached version.

There is one caveat though. This command blocks a wide range of IP addresses belonging to Google and XO’s content delivery network. This may cause issues like you'll have problems connecting to random websites that use these blocked IP addresses. With that said, you can easily remove this hack by running the command below in the Command Prompt:

netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name="YouTubePerformanceHack"

So, go ahead, give this hack a try and see if it improves your YouTube experience. Please do let us know in the comment section. [via AddictiveTips]

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