iPhone 5 unbearable YouTube speeds

Blacklabby

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May 26, 2013
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This was never a problem for me before and suddenly became a big issue. Download is 15 mbp and upload is 11 mbp. On LTE youtube loads just fine unless the connection is bad but normally it's fine with even just 1-2 bars LTE. On wifi, videos take up to 30 seconds to open, 10 seconds before playing at all and load probably a second of video every three settings. This only became a problem recently, and I've tried turning data off while watching videos which is supposed to fix it and it does nothing. On the ipad youtube loads just fine if i put the ipad next to the phone and try loading a video on rach. The iphone takes FOREVER, and stutters and buffers, while the ipad loads fine without much buffer.
 

Cergman

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Jan 1, 2013
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This was never a problem for me before and suddenly became a big issue. Download is 15 mbp and upload is 11 mbp. On LTE youtube loads just fine unless the connection is bad but normally it's fine with even just 1-2 bars LTE. On wifi, videos take up to 30 seconds to open, 10 seconds before playing at all and load probably a second of video every three settings. This only became a problem recently, and I've tried turning data off while watching videos which is supposed to fix it and it does nothing. On the ipad youtube loads just fine if i put the ipad next to the phone and try loading a video on rach. The iphone takes FOREVER, and stutters and buffers, while the ipad loads fine without much buffer.
Exact same issue here. I have no idea why :confused:
 

quasinormal

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Oct 26, 2007
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Call me paranoid, but I'd suggest Google has crippled iOS devices. I can think of no other reason why accessing google services is so painfully slow.

Scumbag a...holes.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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Same. There are a couple threads about this too. Seems to be no fix. I've had this issue with precious iPhones as well.

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Call me paranoid, but I'd suggest Google has crippled iOS devices. I can think of no other reason why accessing google services is so painfully slow.

Scumbag a...holes.
Yeah that's paranoia. They make money off of you watching YouTube videos on your iOS device. If you're not watching videos they can't make money off of you. Unlike Apple, they being in the buck regardless what OS you run. Different business models; no motive to lock iOS out. (They killed exchange potentially for a number of reasons, the top likely being the existence of a gmail app that they'd rather iOS users use).
 

hafr

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Sep 21, 2011
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Call me paranoid, but I'd suggest Google has crippled iOS devices. I can think of no other reason why accessing google services is so painfully slow.

Scumbag a...holes.
Totally unlike the way Apple has made iTunes run fast and smooth like cold tar on a flat surface on Windows? ;)
 

cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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Call me paranoid, but I'd suggest Google has crippled iOS devices. I can think of no other reason why accessing google services is so painfully slow.

Scumbag a...holes.
Scumbag a..holes? You have no idea what you are talking about.

YouTube is just slow on the server end. I have more consistent playback on iOS then I do on Android devices. The quality of the video can drop much lower in the iOS app vs Android so it requires less data and generally works better. You can turn off HD in the Android app that can help but that's a pita to do everytime.
 

Shockwave78

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Jul 10, 2010
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agreed, Youtube itself is just slow/throttled... Even on a desktop PC, laptop or whatever else your on half the time things load very slow.

With Googles new VP9 video codec coming out soon we should see a HUGE decrease in load times and complete stopping of video.
 

Jimmy James

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Oct 26, 2008
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Totally unlike the way Apple has made iTunes run fast and smooth like cold tar on a flat surface on Windows? ;)
That is one thing that dissuaded me from switching to a Mac. I thought if this is how they code software I don't want to be dependant on them for everything.
 

jaenicky

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Feb 15, 2013
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I actually think its the iOS YouTube app. Try app like Playtube or other alternative and I don't get this issue.
 

hexonxonx

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Jul 4, 2007
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Denver Colorado
I'm not seeing this at all. I have a 4S running 6.1.2 that has 3G Unrestrictor running for YouTube. I am also using T-Mobile and using the official YouTube app.

Searched for a music video and the video began playing almost instantly.

Played the same video on a Nexus 4 using T-Mobile and the video began playing almost instantly as well.
 

akdj

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Mar 10, 2008
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Alaska
I just tested on my home wifi on an iPhone 4S and 5--iPad mini and iPad 4. All four load instantly, no burps, hiccups or unusual slow downs. My ISP is 22down/2up. LTE in my local area is about 30/25---same result. No issues. Is there a possibility your local ISP is throttling YouTube bandwidth?

J
 

Blacklabby

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Original poster
May 26, 2013
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I just tested on my home wifi on an iPhone 4S and 5--iPad mini and iPad 4. All four load instantly, no burps, hiccups or unusual slow downs. My ISP is 22down/2up. LTE in my local area is about 30/25---same result. No issues. Is there a possibility your local ISP is throttling YouTube bandwidth?

J
I think the problem is just for the 5, from what i've seen.
 

codyst

macrumors regular
Nov 18, 2008
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Austin, TX
I have 30/10 cable internet at home and while using WiFi on my iPhone, YouTube is virtually unwatchable. But if I disable WiFi and use LTE the video loads instantly.

wtf..
 

hexonxonx

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Jul 4, 2007
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Denver Colorado
I'm thinking Time Warner is screwing me.. It's all that is available at my house until Google Fiber next year.
It's certainly not an unheard of tactic that ISPs are doing these days.

I have Century Link which used to be Qwest for my DSL. I get about 13Mbps downloads through them. certainly not the fastest but there have never been any download caps in 15 years that I have been with them. I can download day and night without being throttled.

T-Mobile is doing a fine job as well for me on my two phones.
 

codyst

macrumors regular
Nov 18, 2008
183
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Austin, TX
It's certainly not an unheard of tactic that ISPs are doing these days.

I have Century Link which used to be Qwest for my DSL. I get about 13Mbps downloads through them. certainly not the fastest but there have never been any download caps in 15 years that I have been with them. I can download day and night without being throttled.

T-Mobile is doing a fine job as well for me on my two phones.
YouTube is the only issue I ever have with Time Warner so idk..