FIX: YouTube Audio and Video Out of Sync on Windows 10

When watching YouTube videos on Windows 10, the sound and the video are out of sync. That can be frustrating. But not to worry. You can fix the problem with the steps below.

First, watch the Youtube videos on other browsers like Firefox, and see if the problem persists.

If the problem persists while using other browsers, the problem is with all browsers. In this case, use the methods in The problem is with all browsers to fix the problem.

If the problem doesn’t occur to other browsers, the problem is with Google Chrome. In this case, use the methods in The problem is with Google Chrome to fix the problem.


The problem is with all browsers

To fix the problem, try the three methods below one by one until you find the one that works for you.

Method 1: Reduce CPU usage
Method 2: Change Power Plan
Method 3: Update graphics card drivers

Method 1: Reduce CPU usage

High CPU usage can cause YouTube audio and video out of sync. To fix the problem, you can try to reduce the CPU usage by closing processes that you don’t use currently.

To do so:

1) Right-click on the Windows logo icon in the taskbar and select Task Manager to open the Task Manager.

open task manager

2) Click the Processes tab and select the process that you don’t need to use currently. Then click End task to end the process.

end processes

3) Repeat the step 2) to close all other processes that you don’t need currently.

4) Once closing all unnecessary processes, check to see if the problem persists.

Method 2: Change Power Plan

The Power Plan is set as Balanced performance by default in Windows 10. Changing the Power Plan to High performance has helped a lot of users with the YouTube video and audio out of sync issue. So to fix the problem, you can also try to change the Power Plan.

You can follow these steps to change the Power Plan.

1) On your keyboard, press Win+I (the Windows logo key and the I key ) at the same time to open the Settings window.

2) Click on System.

select system

3) Click Power & sleep in the left pane and click Additional power settings in the right pane.

open additional power settings

4) Click on Create a Power Plan.

create a power plan

5) Select High performance and click Next -> Create to save the changes.

change power plan to high performance

6) Check to see if the problem is resolved. If the problem persists, try Method 3.

Method 3: Update graphics card drivers

To fix YouTube video and audio out of sync issues, you can try to update the graphics card drivers.

You can go to your PC manufacturer’s website or the graphics card manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest graphics card drivers.

If you have no idea how to download and update the graphics card drivers manually, you can use Driver Booster to help update the drivers automatically.

With Driver Booster, you can update the graphics card drivers with just a few clicks.

1) Download and install it on your computer.

2) Launch it and click SCAN to scan your computer to detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the graphics card driver to update the driver.

After updating the driver, check to see if the YouTube video and audio out of sync issue resolves.


The problem is with Google Chrome

Use one of the two methods below to fix the problem.

Method 1: Sign out of Google Chrome and sign in again
Method 2: Disable hardware acceleration

Method 1: Sign out of Google Chrome and sign in again

Step 1: Clear all cookies and cached images in Google Chrome.

To do so:

1) Launch the Chrome browser.

2) Click the three dots in the top right corner and select More Tools, then select Clear browsing data.

clear browsing data

3) Select the Time range to All time.

select time range

4) Check Browsing history, cookies and other site data and cached images and files, then click on Clear data.

clear data

5) Restart Chrome and check to see if the problem resolves.

Method 2: Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration is to allow using hardware for software rendering purposes. If it’s enabled, it can reduce the load on the OS, but in the meantime, it can cause performance issues like the YouTube video and audio out of sync issues.

You can disable hardware acceleration and see if it resolves the problem. Here’s how to do it:

1) Launch the Chrome browser.

2) Click the three dots in the top right corner and select Settings.

open chrome settings

3) Scroll down and click Advanced.

select advanced

4) Scroll down and navigate to the System section. Toggle off Use hardware acceleration when available and click Relaunch.

disable hardware acceleration

5) Relaunch Google Chrome and see if you can watch YouTube videos without problems.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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