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SmartVideo for YouTube Prevents Video Buffering on Slow Connections and More

When using a slower connection, buffering can be one of the most annoying things about using YouTube. This Chrome extension helps reduce video buffering, and provides a better YouTube experience overall. Here’s what it does.

SmartVideo for YouTube

First of all, go to this address to install the extension to Google Chrome, and Add it to Chrome.

youtube smartvideo install

After installation, click Set global preferences now at the bottom of the page that appears to configure the extension.

youtube smartvideo configure

You’ll get a page that’s full of options, and allows you to easily set how the extension will handle your YouTube videos.

youtube smartvideo preferences

You can set it to loop all videos, embedded in websites, or directly from YouTube. But the most important options allow a smoother playback experience when on a slower connection. For example, you can set how much of the video should be buffered before it actually starts playing, or if videos get buffered even when paused.

This is all very useful stuff, and it seems to work as advertised, too. Also, you shouldn’t be worried about not finding the options window, as just hovering over the YouTube video you’re playing will show you the preferences, as seen in the screenshot below.

youtube smartvideo on

It’s not just for Google Chrome either. There’s a version for Firefox, Opera, and Safari too.

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