How To Fix Hulu Keeps Freezing Issue Quick & Easy Fix

Hulu is an on-demand subscription service that allows its subscribers in the US and Japan to stream popular TV shows. This service can be accessed from your computer browser or from mobile devices running on Android and iOS. Although this is a stable platform there are instances when certain issues can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Hulu keeps freezing issue.

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How To Fix Hulu Keeps Freezing Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps for this particular problem you should try to restart your computer first as this will usually resolve most issues caused by a minor software glitch.

There are several factors that can cause Hulu to freeze. It can be caused by a browser or app issue, a problem with the device you are using, or even the internet speed. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps that you need to do to fix the problem.

If you are accessing Hulu from your computer

Check your system requirements

To avoid any issues when accessing the Hulu service you should make sure that the computer that you are using meets the necessary system requirements.

  • Mac OS X 10.9 or above, Microsoft Windows 10, and Chrome OS
  • The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
  • HTML5 enabled
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled

Check your internet connection

Since this is an online streaming platform you will need to make sure that your internet connection is capable of meeting the required download speed. 

  • 3.0 Mbps for the Hulu streaming library
  • 8.0 Mbps for live streams
  • 16.0 Mbps for 4K content

If you are having an issue with the download speed of your internet then try to perform the following actions.

  • Disconnect other devices connected to your home network
  • Close any other applications or programs your device may be running in the background
  • Connect your device directly to the router with an ethernet cable
  • Restart the router and computer.

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

Clear the browser cache

Your browser will usually store the most commonly used data to improve its access time. Sometimes this cached data can cause issues when accessing certain websites which is why you should clear the browser cache.

Chrome

  • At the top right, click More (three vertical dots or arrow icon pointing up, depending on your browser version)
  • Click More tools
  • Click Clear browsing data…
  • Select a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  • Check the boxes for Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data

Edge

  • Click the Hub icon (star with three horizontal lines)
  • Click History in the left panel
  • Select Clear History
  • Check the boxes for Cookies and saved website data and Cached data and files, (it’s ok to leave everything else unchecked)
  • Click Clear

Firefox

  • Click the Firefox menu (found in the top right corner)
  • Select History
  • Select Clear Recent History…
  • In the drop down for “Time range to clear:” select Everything
  • Check the box for Cache, (it’s ok to leave everything else unchecked)
  • Click Clear Now
  • Restart or refresh Firefox

Safari

  • Click Safari in the menu bar
  • Select Preferences
  • Select the Privacy tab
  • Choose the Manage Website Data 
  • Click Remove All
  • Click Remove Now to confirm

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

Try to enable JavaScript and Cookies

Hulu requires that JavaScript is enabled to improve its functionality. If you are experiencing a JavaScript error then do the following steps.

Chrome

  • In the top right-hand corner, click More (three vertical dots or arrow pointing up)
  • Select Settings
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Advanced
  • In the Privacy and security section, click Content Settings
  • Select Cookies and toggle Allow sites to save and read cookie data to On
  • Select JavaScript and toggle Allowed to On

Edge

  • Click the More menu (…) and select Open with Internet Explorer
  • Click Tools > Internet Options
  • Select the Security tab > Custom Level
  • In the Scripting section, click Enable for Active Scripting
  • In the dialog box that displays, click Yes

Firefox

  • In the top right-hand corner, click Menu (three parallel lines)
  • Select Options
  • Click on the Privacy tab from the side menu
  • Under History, select “Firefox will:” Use custom settings for history
  • Check the box for Accept cookies from sites

Safari

  • Click on the Safari menu at the top left-hand corner
  • Select Preferences
  • Select the Security tab > check the Enable JavaScript box
  • Select the Privacy tab > under Cookies and website data, select Allow from websites I visit

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

Enable Location Services

Hulu will usually require that the location services of your computer is enabled when you login,

Chrome

  • In the top right corner, click More (three vertical dots or arrow pointing up)
  • Select Settings
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Advanced
  • In the Privacy and security section, click Content Settings > Location
  • Toggle Ask before accessing to On

Edge

  • On your PC, click the Windows Start button
  • Go to Settings > Privacy > Location
  • Scroll down to Choose apps that can use your precise location
  • Make sure Edge is selected from the list

Firefox

  • In the top right corner, click Menu (three parallel lines) > Preferences
  • Select Privacy & Security from the side menu
  • Scroll down to the Permissions section
  • Click Settings… next to Location
  • Make sure that Hulu.com is added to the list of permissions

Safari

  • Click on the Apple menu at the top left corner of your Mac
  • Select System Preferences
  • Click the Security & Privacy icon in the System Preferences window
  • Click the Privacy tab (you may need unlock the padlock icon by entering your admin name and password)
  • Select Location Services
  • Check the Enable Location Services box and make sure Safari is selected from the list

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

If you are accessing Hulu from your mobile device

Force close the Hulu app

There are instances when the problem can be caused by a glitch in the Hulu app which is why you should try to force close it. This action will refresh the app once you open it again. To force stop the Hulu app on an Android device, go to Settings > Apps > All apps > Hulu > select Force Stop. To force stop the Hulu app on an iOS device go to your Home screen > double-click the Home button to bring up the multi-task tray > swipe up on the app’s preview to force stop Hulu.

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

Restart your mobile device and router

Sometimes the problem can be caused by an issue with your device or router which is why you will need to restart both devices.

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

Check your internet connection

Since this is an online streaming platform you will need to make sure that your internet connection is capable of meeting the required download speed. 

  • 3.0 Mbps for the Hulu streaming library
  • 8.0 Mbps for live streams
  • 16.0 Mbps for 4K content

If you are having an issue with the download speed of your internet then try to perform the following actions.

  • Disconnect other devices connected to your home network
  • Close any other applications or programs your device may be running in the background
  • Connect your device directly to the router with an ethernet cable
  • Restart the router and mobile device.

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

Uninstall then reinstall the Hulu app

In case the issue still persists then you should try to uninstall and reinstall the Hulu app.

For Android devices

  • Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Hulu and press Uninstall
  • Turn off the device then turn it back on.
  • Reinstall the Hulu app from the Google Play Store

For iOS devices

  • From the Home screen, tap and hold the Hulu app until it starts wiggling and a small X appears in its upper corner. Tap the app again and press Delete. 
  • Restart your device
  • Search for Hulu in the App Store and click on the cloud icon to re-download. Once the download is complete, tap Open to reopen Hulu

Check if the Hulu keeps freezing issue still occurs.

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