Youtube is very Slow and Laggy

I have recently started using Brave and facing one particular issue almost everytime. My youtube is very buggy/laggy/slow in brave browser. I am running brave on a windows laptop. There are several issues like sometimes it will not register the command at that time, the entire browser will freeze/hang, and then it will register the command after a while. By command, I mean clicking on the fullscreen icon on the youtube video player.
the recent incident was that when I clicked on the full-screen button, it just froze(entire brave browser) and was not responding for some time(like 15-20 seconds) while the video was also frozen but I was hearing the audio without any issue. after some time it automatically corrects itself.

Another incident is using the search button on youtube. when I try to search anything it will register half of the sentence(even if I type the complete sentence it will be showing only half on the search bar), the entire browser will freeze and then youtube will kind of restart(by restart I mean, it will restart the tab and send me on the home page of youtube and close the whatever video I was watching in the process). After this, the search bar will function properly.


Did the issue present with default Shields settings? YES

Does the site function as expected when Shields are turned off? YES

Is there a specific Shields configuration that causes the site to break? If so, tell us that configuration. NO

Does the site work as expected when using Chrome? YES

Brave version: 1.40.109

I’m having the same issue as well. Turning off hardware acceleration does nothing, clearing all cache and cookies does nothing as well. Opened Firefox and had no issues.

You can easily tell if its still being slow by rapidly hovering your mouse over different videos on the home page and seeing if the video preview hangs on one of the videos. Hoping for an update to fix this issue as this is the main site I use.

I’m on v1.40.113.

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I have the same problem here!

v1.40.113 with Chromium 103.0.5060.114

Brave in sites like for example Youtube and Facebook are extremely slow, but it’s not limited to only those. Every site is much much faster without Brave Shields turned off.
Of course it’s slower with the shields on, but this is rediculous.
I have been using Brave for a long time now and loved it, but this has forced me to rethink if it’s really worth it.

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So are you still facing the issue or have u able to find any fix and how many ads do u have to see after closing the shield

Turning off the shield does not resolve the issue. I am still facing this issue, though other sites are now noticeably slower (including this one)

  • Test in private window mode, no extensions.
  • Check → more tools → Task Manager to see which tabs/extenstions is using which resources.
  • Re-enable Hardware acceleration (if its disabled).
  • Disable other browsers while testing
  • Clear the cookies/cache in brave://settings/clearBrowserData and restart the browser (and relogin into youtube)
  • Finally test in a clean Brave profile

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