Twitch Lag -- Tips to Avoid Twitch.tv Lagging


Twitch lag is a common problem among Twitch.tv subscribers. Usually the support team gives basic solutions such as connecting through StrongVPN and closing all open applications. This article is helpful if none of their solutions have worked for you.

Advanced Troubleshooting Solutions

  • Change Outgoing Rules of your Firewall
  • Clear Browser Junk and Refresh DNS
  • Change Regional Server
  • Disable Browser Plugins
  • Delete User Profile Data
  • Update Flash Player


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Change Outgoing Rules of your Firewall

The outgoing rules of Windows Firewall affects Twitch.tv performance. Set-up the outgoing rules in the manner given below:

  • Click the Start button, type “Windows Firewall” in the Search Box and press ENTER.
  • Click the “Advanced Settings” link on the left hand side panel.
  • Click Outgoing Rules | New Rule.
  • Apply the following settings:
    Rule Type: Custom Rule
    Program: All Programs
    Protocol and Ports: Default
    Action: Block all connections
    Profile: Default
  • Name your new rule to enable editing/ deleting it in the future.
  • Click Finish and start streaming Twitch.tv.

Clear Browser Junk and Refresh DNS

Junk files of the browser are generally responsible for Twitch lag. Too many junk files take large portion of your disk space. Clear Internet history, browser cache and temporary files. Download PC Fresher System Utilities to do this task quickly and securely.


After clearing the junk data, refresh your DNS. Refresh DNS through Command Prompt as shown below:

  • Click the Start button. Type “CMD” in the Search Box.
  • Right click Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator” option.
  • In the Command Prompt window type following commands-
    ipconfig /flush dns
    exit

Change Regional Server

If the problem still appears after refreshing DNS, switch to a server of another region. The server you’re logged in might be busy. Switch to a server of another region/ country.

  • If your streaming page is http://www.twitch.tv/hitmovies, modify the URL of the page by inserting en-gb.twitch.tv/hitmovies (UK). Search similar techniques, if required.
  • Switch the region and then refresh the page.

Disable Browser Plugins

Plugins cause lagging issue as they lead CPU usage. Disable browser plugins that you have installed.


  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Type “chrome://plugin/” (without quotes) in the Address Bar.
  • Disable all third party plug-ins installed. For example: Adobe Flash Player, NPAPI, etc.

Delete User Profile Data

User Profile Data contains settings stored by user while browsing the Internet. You’re experiencing problem with Twitch.tv because the user profile data is corrupt. Delete it as shown in the steps given below:

  • Open Firefox.
  • Click on Tools | Options.
  • Click Advanced | Network | Clear Now.
  • Open the following path:
    C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles
  • Delete the file named SESSIONSTORE.JS.

Update Flash Player

Flash Player is a necessary element. Outdated Flash Player version causes lagging issue. Update it to the latest version available on the official website of Adobe. Download it from here.

Optimize Internet Related Services

You might have Internet related services and programs running in background. They use your Internet bandwidth. That is the reason you’re experiencing lagging issue. End Internet related services and programs.

  • Click the Start button.
  • Type “Services.msc” in the Search Box.
  • Press ENTER.
  • Right click an Internet-related service, select Stop.