Top 8 Ways to Fix Out of Sync Audio on YouTube on Mobile and PC

Pankil Shah

YouTube is filled with a countless videos to keep you engaged for hours and days. But that experience can effectively be ruined when you're met with out-of-sync audio on YouTube.

Top Ways to Fix Out of Sync Audio on You Tube on Mobile and PC

If you’ve been bothered by a similar playback issue where audio does not play in sync with the video, you’re not alone. Hence, we’ve prepared this guide to help you put an end to the out-of-sync audio issue on YouTube on both mobile and PC. So, let’s get started.

1. Restart Your Device

Your first course of action, when met with such audio lag, is to restart your device. This usually helps sort out any minor glitches and should fix the out-of-sync audio on YouTube.

2. Try Another Video

Sometimes, an uploading error on the creator's end can lead you to believe there’re audio issues on YouTube. To make sure, you can try opening another video.

If the issue is consistent throughout all the videos on YouTube, continue with this troubleshooting guide.

3. Avoid Using Bluetooth Headphones

If you're using wireless headphones or Bluetooth speakers to watch YouTube videos, then you might be facing audio delays due to connection issues. To verify that, you can try switching to a different audio device.

4. Clear App or Browser Cache

Whether you're watching videos on the app or browser, your previously played videos get stored in the form of cache data. When the app or browser accumulates too much cache, it can slow down or lead to various anomalies. Thus, you can try clearing out that cache data to see if that helps.

Android

Step 1: Tap and hold YouTube's app icon and tap the App info icon from the menu that pops up.

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Step 2: Go to Storage and cache option and tap on the Clear cache button.

You Tube Storage and Cache
Clear You Tube Cache

Browser

To remove cache from Chrome or Edge, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys to open the Clear browsing data panel quickly. Select ‘All time’ in the Time range option and check the box that reads ‘Cached images and files’. Finally, tap on the Clear data button at the bottom.

Clear Browser Cache

5. Disable Hardware Acceleration (PC)

When Hardware Acceleration is enabled, some graphics-intensive tasks are assigned to your GPU instead of the CPU. If your PC has an old GPU chip, that could cause troubles. You can try disabling it momentarily to see if that solves the issue.

To disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome, type in chrome://settings/system in the address bar up top, and press Enter. Turn off the switch next to ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’.

Disable Hardware Acceleration on Chrome

To disable hardware acceleration in Edge, type edge://settings/system in the address bar and press Enter. Turn off the ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ option.

Disable Hardware Acceleration on Edge

Once done, restart your browser for changes to take effect and see if the out-of-sync audio issue is resolved now.

6. Update Audio Driver (PC)

Faulty or outdated drivers on your PC can also lead to audio lag problems on YouTube. If that’s the case, updating those drivers should do the trick.

Step 1: Click on the Search icon on the Taskbar, type device manager, and press Enter.

Open Device Manager

Step 2: Expand ‘Sound, video and game controllers’ right-click on your driver and select the Update driver option.

Update Drivers on Windows

7. Update YouTube (Mobile)

If you’ve don’t have a habit of updating apps regularly, you might be using a YouTube app that’s outdated or has some bugs. Hence, you can try updating the YouTube app from Play Store or App Store to see if that resolves the issue.

8. Reinstall YouTube (Mobile)

If updating the app doesn’t help, you may reinstall the YouTube app. To do that, head over to the Play Store or App Store and search for YouTube. Hit the Uninstall button, and wait for it to be removed from your Phone. Then, hit the Install button which appears over there.

Reinstalling the app helps you start fresh and get rid of any corrupted files or data associated with the app.

In Sync With Your Needs

There’s nothing more annoying than watching a video that’s not in sync with the audio. No matter how small, such audio lags can effectively ruin your experience. As always, let us know which of the solutions worked out or if we missed any.

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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.