Showbox is one of the largest reservoirs of content that anyone with an Android device, mobile phone or tablet, can get their hands on it. You can stream many of the hottest movies and TV shows to date, which makes it one of the most popular applications you can install. However, like any applications you install, Showbox isn’t a perfection application–no such thing exists–and, in fact, the way it works is what makes it more susceptible to problems more than other streaming applications.

Showbox can get itself tangled in a buffering loop. This in and of itself isn’t uncommon among streaming applications. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu can have the occasional buffering hiccups, though it’s largely due to your network connection or either service is having server problems. Showbox’s buffering problems are linked in a similar fashion.

Below are a handful of fixes that can help bypass Showbox’s buffering problem, both small and large.

The Legalities of Showbox

Considering Showbox isn’t legal by any means, if you were hoping to find a link to Showbox, you won’t find one here. Showbox may be a streaming service, but it doesn’t operate in the same way as Netflix or Hulu–whom operate with licensing agreements–and its content is sourced basically by a similar fashion as torrenting. It can pull from sources using a peer-to-peer model. In other words, it’s pirating content.

Another reason being the difficulty of pinpointing a legitimate version of Showbox. There are tons of websites that offer the APK to Showbox only for you to get a malware or virus infected APK. And you won’t find it on the Google Play Store. Showbox, by nature, cannot exist on Google Play Store and, because of its nature, it was rightly removed.

Techzillo does not condone the acts of piracy. The steps below can apply to most any application having buffering issues. With that being said, let’s get started with those fixes.

Force Stop the Showbox App

One of the first solutions you should try. It’s a simple process and can often give you the best results. The buffering loop you’re experiencing may not be linked to your network but rather your Showbox app is just hanging, frozen in place and only shutting it down and launching it again will it start working again.

Now, you can just as easily open your App Manager and swipe away Showbox, however, that doesn’t always work because the process causing the problem may still be running in the background. If you try to launch Showbox again, it will just crash. By forcing it to stop, you force all processes associated with Showbox to cease their functions.

1. Locate and launch Settings.

2. In the Settings menu, head down to Apps and select it. From there, choose Showbox, revealing its application information.

3. At the top of the App Info page, choose FORCE STOP.

While you’re in the App Info page, clearing your cache can also be a viable solution to your problem. Since cache can be corrupted, mostly through use, clearing it out can relieve Showbox of any errors holding it back.

4. At the top of the App Info Page, choose Storage.

5. In the Storage menu, tap CLEAR CACHE.

Reboot Your Modem and or Router

Just like your cache, your modem and router can run into some network problems. And if you’re having network problems, you can end up with buffering issues on Showbox. If you don’t reboot your modem and router regularly, you can experience a much weaker signal than you’re paying for and since Showbox relies on a strong connection to stream, this can obviously cause problems.

1. Locate your modem and router (if you have a router). In the back, find the power cable for both your modem and router. Follow the cords until you reach the power outlet they are both plugged into.

2. Pull the power cords from the power outlet and give the modem and router at least 2 minutes.

3. After 2 minutes has passed, plug your modem and router back in. Give your modem and router time to reboot and start broadcasting your network. Double-check it’s working by using another device like a mobile device or a computer.

Reinstall Showbox

Showbox may have been a pain to install, but if you’re still having buffering issues, you may need a fresh install of Showbox. You could be missing out on an update that’s making your version of Showbox obsolete.