Top 8 Ways to Fix Hulu Buffering Issue

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Emma
December 12, 2023

Hulu is a popular video streaming service available in U.S. and Japan(Check how to access Hulu in other countries.) Hulu only allows ad-free subscribers to download movies and TV shows on supported mobile devices(iOS, Android and Fire tablet). When you stream ton of movies and TV shows from Hulu, chances are that Hulu keeps buffering, freezing, skipping, stuck on welcome screen or poor video quality. If you’re wondering how to get your Hulu stream to stop buffering and access Hulu content smoothly, we’ve got your back.

1. Restart Hulu app

The easiest and quickest way to troubleshoot your buffering issue is to close the stream window, wait a few seconds and then reload your content from the app or browser. You can also completely force quit the app or close out of the web browser window and then open it again.

2. Check your internet connection

Head to speedof.me on your web browser to run a speed test on your device and compare the results with Hulu recommendations. If the speeds fall short of our recommendations, follow these steps to improve your internet connection.

3. Perform a power cycle

Shut down your phone or computer and restart your modem and router. Wait a few minutes, then power back up.

4. Test other apps 

If other apps also run slowly, it may be due to poor connectivity. Contact your internet service provider for more information on how to improve your connection.

5. Check for Hulu and system updates

If you’re experiencing continuous buffering issues, make sure your Hulu app and system are up-to-date.  To check for Hulu updates, visit your device’s app store. To check for system updates, visit your device’s settings menu.

6. Clear cache and data

Still no luck? Then it’s time to clear your Hulu cache and data. You can typically clear cache/data via your device’s settings menu. This step removes temporary files to help free up needed space. For help with clearing your cache on other devices, Hulu has a guide

On iOS

  1. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > select Hulu.
  2. Tap Delete app.

On Android

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > Hulu > Storage 
  2. Select Clear Cache and Clear Data.

Clear browser cache.

On Safari

  1. Click Safari in the menu bar
  2. Select Preferences
  3. Select the Privacy tab
  4. Choose the Manage Website Data 
  5. Click Remove All
  6. Click Remove Now to confirm

7. Uninstall/reinstall Hulu

Uninstall and reinstall the Hulu app to fix most streaming issues.

8. Download Hulu movies and TV shows to MP4

The best way to avoid Hulu buffering issue is to download Hulu movies and TV shows to MP4 and play them with other music player offline, such as Windows Media Player, VLC, QuickTime Player, etc.

Pazu Hulu Video Downloader, which allows you to download tons of movies or TV shows or Hulu original series from Hulu to MP4 or MKV format with excellent quality and fast speed. No web player or Hulu app is needed, as Pazu Hulu Video Downloader features a built-in web player for you to search any movies and TV show from Hulu and then download them to MP4/MKV.

Step 1. Run Pazu Hulu Video Downloader on your Mac or Windows.

Download, install and launch Pazu Hulu Video Downloader on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Hulu account and choose hulu.com, hulu.jp or hulu.jp/store.

Hulu Downloader

Select a profile.

choose Hulu profile

Step 2. Search Hulu movies/TV shows to download.

Enter the movie/TV show title in the search field.

search Hulu videos

Or copy&paste the link of the movie/TV show from  Hulu website. Then click the Search icon.

search Hulu videos

Step 3. Choose video format/quality

Click Settings icon to change:

  • Video format: MP4 or MKV
  • Video codec: H264 or H265
  • Audio language: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
  • Subtitle language: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
  • Subtitle type: Embedded subtitles, Independent subtitles, Hardcoded subtitles
  • Interface languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
Hulu to MP4

Step 4. Start to download Hulu videos

If your selection is a movie, click the download icon next to it and the downloading begins.

download Hulu movie to MP4

After the movie is downloaded, click History button to quickly locate it. 

download Hulu movie to MP4

If your selection is a TV show, click download icon next to it to select episodes you want to download. Then click Download button.

download Hulu TV show to MP4