How To Make Crunchyroll Stream Faster
Last Updated: August 18, 2020
Crunchyroll has a reputation for delivering some of the best anime available anywhere in the world. It also has a reputation for being choppy, slow and occasionally unreliable. While some of that isn’t down to Crunchyroll, it is nevertheless frustrating. Fortunately there are a few things you can do at your end to make Crunchyroll stream faster. This tutorial will walk you through them.
If it’s the Crunchyroll servers having issues, no amount of tinkering on your device or network is going to help. That said, these tweaks will help with any kind of streaming so even if you’re not watching Crunchyroll but Netflix or Hulu instead, these tricks will work.
Making Crunchyroll stream faster
There are a few simple tricks that can make Crunchyroll and many other streaming services work faster, buffer less and improve the overall experience. They cannot overcome a slow internet connection or ISP network issue but will ensure that your side of the connection is working as best it can.
Check your network
If your router has a traffic analyzer or connected devices list, check that to see who else is using the network. If you see someone else using a lot of traffic, no amount of tweaking is going to help. You will either have to negotiate with the other user to moderate their use or kick them from the network on the router. I suggest the first option to avoid undue confrontations.
If you’re accessing Crunchyroll using WiFi, use a channel analyzer on your phone to see what WiFi channels are least congested and have the strongest signal. Switch your router to that channel to help improve WiFi speed.
Boost your wireless signal strength
If you find the signal strength in your room or wherever you’re watching Crunchyroll isn’t very strong and changing channels won’t improve it, consider using a signal booster. These are simple devices that plug into the mains, join your existing network and boost the signal into hard to reach places. They can cost as little as $20 and can transform a wireless signal.
Use an HTML 5 player
The Crunchyroll player isn’t the best and can cause buffering that can be quite frustrating. You can use an HTML 5 extension in your browser and play your anime using that. I use Firefox and HTML 5 Video Everywhere works well for me. There are Chrome options for other players too. Install the HTML 5 player and play your anime through that instead. It makes the world of difference!
Use VLC for playback
Did you know you can use VLC to play network streams? VLC has to be one of the lightest, most efficient media players out there and it works with Crunchyroll. Download or open VLC, select File and Open Network Stream. Type or paste the video URL from the stream and select Play. The stream should load and play quickly and seamlessly.
Clear your device cache
If you watch Crunchyroll on a phone or tablet, clearing the device cache can have a positive effect on the quality of playback. The device cache is notorious for slowing down apps so clearing it will help device performance across the board.
Shut down competing apps
While you’re streamlining your phone or tablet, shut down any other power hungry apps. Shut down Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and any app that uses processor, memory and network. All those apps can be resource hungry at times, especially Facebook. Closing them means more of your device resources go to playing your anime.
Change your VPN endpoint
If you’re using a VPN to access Crunchyroll and it’s running slow, change the server you connect to. Many VPN apps will show you which servers are running the fastest for your region and which are running slower. Switch VPN servers to the faster one and you should see an improvement in your playback.
Switch from wireless to Ethernet
If your wireless network isn’t the strongest or fastest, watch Crunchyroll on a PC or Mac instead using Ethernet. A wired connection is much faster than WiFi which benefits streaming. If your wireless network is busy, Ethernet won’t be competing for signal so won’t be slowed down by other users. Not until it hits the internet anyway.
This is less than ideal if you’re used to watching your anime on a mobile device but if all else fails it might be exactly what you need to watch without buffering.
All these methods will help make Crunchyroll stream faster. As long as the delays are not server-side, you should see a benefit from at least one of these methods. They will not only speed up Crunchyroll, they will speed up all streaming services which has to be a good thing right?