It isn’t fun watching your YouTube video pause, then unpause, and pause again ad infinitum on your Android device. The likely culprit is your network connection, but it’s just as likely to be your headphones or corrupted data. Speculating what the issue could doesn’t solve the problem, so, speculation was done for you below. The solutions can help you pinpoint why YouTube videos keep pausing on your Android device.

Your Headphone Jack is the Culprit

It would be awkward for you and everyone around you if your headphones were removed and heard every sound your phone was making. Luckily for you, and everyone around you, your Android device has a nifty feature that pauses the audio of music and videos when your headphones are removed from the headphone jack.

Unfortunately, because of this feature, people experience constant pausing and starting of their YouTube videos. Why? Well, there’s two possible root causes: your headphone jack or your headphones. If you have several pairs of headphones, you can test the headphone jack and pinpoint the true culprit.

If it’s your headphones that are causing the problem, then they’re damaged in some way. The headphone jack is trying to connect, but the headphones aren’t connecting right, causing constant disconnection. The phone then registers this as you removing your headphones.

Take another pair of headphones–several pairs of headphones is better–and test the headphone jack. If YouTube is still pausing, then it may be a bad headphone jack or you have several pairs of bad headphones. It would be best to have a specialist take a look at the headphone jack.

1. Buffering from a Bad Network Connection – Part 1

When a YouTube video keeps pausing, it’s a sign of your network connection stuttering. When you see the White Ball of Doom, then you’ll know your video is buffering. The constant stuttering can be frustration to many, but there are a few solutions to consider in an attempt to pinpoint the network issue.

Your first step is to reboot your network connection if you’re using your Wi-Fi at home. If it’s been awhile since your modem or router has been restarted, then now is the time to do so. After an extended period of time running, modems and routers can start sending broken signals; flushing the cache data will get it back to speed.

1. Locate the power cable for your modem and router (if you have one).

2. Gently, but firmly, pull the power cable from the modem. Do NOT yank by the cable. Hold the end part of the cable, the end that’s connected into the modem.

3. Wait 60 seconds and reinsert the power cable. Reconnect once the necessary lights are on.

2. Buffering from a Bad Network Connection – Part 2

YouTube recommends a decent connection when you’re surfing their selection of videos. If you have anything less than 2 Mbps, then you aren’t going to have a fun time watching your videos. And 2 Mbps is the bare minimum for a video playback quality of 480p.

There’s dozens of websites that can test your Wi-Fi speed, like AT&T, Verizon and Xfinity. Any will do. Hopefully, you aren’t staring into the abyss of 500 Kbps.

If you were unfortunate enough to have a slow connection, then connecting to a different network connection can yield better results, preferably a faster one.

3. You’re Using up your Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the measure of speed your internet traffic travels. Imagine a regular sized door, fit for one person. Two people might be able to slide past each other on the way through, but imagine trying to fit five or 10; they would get stuck. Bandwidth traffic acts in the same way. The bigger your bandwidth speed, the more data can come and go without bottlenecking on the way through.

When you download movies, music, and files, you’re using your bandwidth and there’s a limit to what you can do with it. If your streaming YouTube, apps are running in the background and you’re downloading files? Well, then it’s no wonder your YouTube videos keep pausing.

You can reduce your bandwidth in several ways, one of which was already mentioned: if you’re downloading a file, give it a rest until you’re finished with the video or resume the download when you aren’t using your Android device.

Second, Android devices are set to auto-update apps when an update is available. That’s taking up your bandwidth. Go into

1. Open Google Play Store.

2. Open the menu. It’s the three horizontal lines.

3. Select Settings.

4. Tap on Auto-Update Apps. Choose “Don’t Auto-update apps.”

Lastly, shutdown any apps running in the background that aren’t in use. Every Android device has a button that opens an app manager. Slide your finger to the left or the right to close an app.

4. Update, Uninstall and Install – Part 1

Updates are a normal part of owning technology. After all, they were created by someone and oftentimes the product can end up imperfect because of it. This is why apps need regular updates.

Issues that were lurking under the surface only fly under the radar for so long until one update too many and the issue presents itself in strange ways, like YouTube videos constantly pausing. And it will keep pausing until the issue is fixed with an update.

There may already be an update available. If you’re someone who turns off auto-updates for all apps, you may have forgotten a few very important ones.

1. Open Google Play Store.

2. Open the menu. It’s the three horizontal lines.

3. Select My Apps & Games.

4. The two most important apps to update, in this case, are Google Chrome and YouTube. If an update is available for either, then select UPDATE.

5. Update, Uninstall and Install – Part 2

Updates don’t always work. The issue could lie with the app itself being corrupted in some manner. This is common. You can start over with a fresh installation of the YouTube app.

1. Open Android’s Settings.

2. Locate Apps.

4. Find YouTube. Select it.

5. Tap Uninstall.

Head back into the Google Play Store and reinstall the YouTube app.