How to fix Apple TV lag

Technologies keep on improving, but they are still away from perfection, and the same goes for the electronic products available in the market. One example of improving technology, produced by one of the largest and advanced companies in the world is an Apple TV. New features are introduced, and it is made better with every new model, but there are still errors and problems. A lag is a  common Apple TV problem. The cause can be dug up to either the software or the hardware. Usually, the main cause of lag is a weak Wi-Fi signal. But this problem can be fixed by abiding by the solutions provided.

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How to fix Apple TV lag

How to fix Apple TV lag

Connection settings

As a weak Wi-Fi signal is one of the major causes of lag, switching to a high-speed wireless connection is a way to stream without buffering. Apple TV should be in the close vicinity to the internet router to pick up signals easily. These solutions work, but the best way is to use the Ethernet cable to connect your modem to the television for faster internet access. Reboot your router, and if you’re mirroring from an Apple device, then it should be on the same Wi-Fi as the TV. The nearby devices can also hinder the signals so make it definite there are no nearby interfering devices.

Software updates

Apple works on providing new updates and being up-to-date on the software could help overcome the slow streaming pace. New software can be very easily installed by going to the settings and clicking restart under the general. After this, any new update can be downloaded from the general settings. Old software versions aren’t compatible with the new streaming apps which prevent the apps from using Airplay and communicate with the device.

Switching the resolution

The video resolution can be selected to match up the network speed and avoid lagging. When your network is slow, AirPlay works on slow streaming but the increased network speed can help combat that error. The video resolution can be changed by going to Apple TV’s settings menu and click Video Resolution in the iTunes store section. There are two options for display for which you can opt 720p display or Standard Definition display. A speed of 6 Mb/s is required for the display of a 720p video. A comparably slower speed is sufficient for Standard Definition (SD), with Apple suggesting a speed of 2.5Mb/s. Sometimes, the quality of your streaming also depends on the app or service you are using, for which you can always change the streaming quality by logging into the account of service or upgrading your plan to get a better display experience. Apps like Beamer and Plex do an excellent job of streaming on Apple TV by using the Mac. Pushing the video to full screen by switching on AirPlay but turning off mirroring can also help improve speed.

Using AirPlay

AirPlay is a service that enables the streaming of the content on the Apple devices to your Apple TV in a very easy and efficient manner. While it functions as sound as a bell typically, it’s not ideal and will put up a fight every once in a while. Confirm that AirPlay is enabled on your Apple TV set. For doing this, go to the settings and on AirPlay, check that it should be either ‘Everyone’ or ‘Anyone on the Same Network’. To make it certainly recognizable, assure to put up a different name while you are in AirPlay settings. Click on ‘Apple TV Name’ and type in a distinctive identity.

Some miscellaneous pointers

Turning off Bluetooth on your Apple TV can also sometimes help to prevent the lag. Reset and troubleshoot your modem so the home network is not the issue and devices interrupting the signal with their higher frequency are not in the open space of the router. It is cautionary to lower the interference due to wireless transmission by taking off a device working on frequency bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, as they are effective in deranging the television’s connection with the router.