Conserving bandwidth is important, especially if you pay for your data service by the byte, which is the case with some mobile phone users. Bandwidth can also be an issue if several computers in your home share a single Internet connection. Either way, you don't want to waste bandwidth by buffering a YouTube video when you are not watching it. Buffering a video means that the video will continue downloading to your computer, even after you click the "Pause" button. When you pause a video, you can also stop it from buffering and conserve bandwidth.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Browse to the YouTube.com website and select an available video that interests you.
Click on the video to begin playing it.
Right-click in the video window and click "Stop Download" from the context menu to stop buffering the video. The video will stop downloading immediately. Click the "Play" button to resume watching the video.
Tips and warnings
- Stopping a video download can cause the video to pause often to buffer when you resume playing it, if you have limited bandwidth. In this scenario, click the "Pause" button and let the video buffer for a few seconds before you start viewing it.
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