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Funimation Keeps Buffering: Fix Your Anime Streaming With This Guide

Funimation Keeps Buffering: Fix Your Anime Streaming With This Guide

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to stream a video on Funimation and encountering buffering problems.

We have created this easy-to-read troubleshooting guide to provide you with the necessary information to be able to stop or minimize this issue via the Funimation app so you can watch your favorite Anime characters without having to sit through any further pauses.

Why is Funimation always buffering?

Buffering on Funimation during the first couple of minutes of launching a video is normal. The app uses a process called ‘adaptive bitrate’ to improve the buffering time so it can download all the necessary data to play the content.

However, if you are experiencing this issue afterward, during the streaming process of your series or movie, the reason can be that your internet connection is too slow.

Funimation requires the following bandwidth speeds to be able to stream without any issues;

  • 2Mbps for a standard quality picture
  • 5Mbps for a high-definition picture (720 or 1080)

Another possible reason is that the Funimation service is experiencing issues, causing the app to not work successfully.

How to fix Funimation buffering?

Power reset your Internet

Refreshing the connection between the device you are watching Funimation on and its network often fixes the problem. Here’s how:

Step 1. Switch your router/modem off

Step 2. Unplug it from its point

Step 3. Wait a few minutes

Step 4. Plug the router back in and switch it on

It is also advised to switch the device that you are using off and on again for a couple of minutes.

Therefore, check your internet speed, and if is below the above recommendations, restart your router or contact your service provider.

Update Funimation app

Step 1. Go into your app store and search for your Funimation app

Step 2. Check to see if there is an ‘Update’ option you can click on

Step 3. Select update

The new version of the app should fix the buffering issue.

Check your device’s software

Make sure the device you are watching Funimation on has the latest software installed.

If your software is out-of-date, this may cause incompatibility between your device and the Funimation app.

You can check if a software update is available on your mobile device;

On iPhone: Settings > General > Software Update > Install Now

On Android: Settings > About Phone > Check For Updates > Update > Install

If you are on your smart TV, you can go into Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now.

Change Video resolution

If you are attempting to stream Funimation at a higher quality resolution, this may cause it to start lagging lagging as the amount of video data needing to be downloaded is greater. To fix this, choose a lower resolution that won’t hinder your viewing experience and fixes the issue in the process.

Download content

The ‘Premium Plus’ or  ‘Premium Plus Ultra’ on Funimation allows you to download the movie or series you want to watch onto your device before launching it. 

This will prevent the content from buffering while you stream the video, as you will already have all the data saved.

Note: Not all the content is available for download on Funimation.

Also, do not download every bit of content, as this will take up quite a bit of space on your device, which could result in Funimation experiencing further issues.

Is Funimation better than Crunchyroll?

Funimation and Crunchyroll are the two best Anime services for viewing content, as they offer the most diverse options.

Funimation is cheaper to subscribe, and it also has Anime in English as well as the option to watch it with English subtitles.

You can also use Funimation on 2 devices with their standard subscription and 5 devices if you go premium. Both options stream at the same video quality, as well as being able to download content to watch when you are offline.

On the other hand, Crunchyroll’s subscription is more expensive than Funimation’s for this extra offline add-on. However, it has a larger library of series and movies to pick from.

With that being said, Funimation is one of the better streaming services to watch your Anime content from, but it all depends on what you want to watch, and which platform has it readily available for you.


With Funimation being an online streaming service for all Anime series and movies, it relies predominantly on a solid internet connection from the device you are watching it from.

We hope this guide has assisted you in understanding why your Funimation keeps buffering, and that you were able to rectify this problem with our 5 easy fixes.


  • Michael Stokes

    Over 10 years of experience working as a technical support engineer. Highly skilled in fixing any technical issue, including app configuration and account setup, gaming errors, television problems, and any other electronics-related issue. You can find out more about him at

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