Hulu Skipping Episodes? 6 Ways to Get Back to Hassle-Free Streaming

Lindsay Hayes

If Hulu keeps skipping episodes, you are probably dealing with some kind of minor software problem. The good news is that this isn't serious most of the time, as simply restarting your device, or deleting your Hulu watch history can help.

The first time the skipping started for me, I actually was able to fix it by restarting my streaming device. But when it popped up more recently, I kept struggling to get rid of it.

I touched on what I did to eventually solve it, though, and all the other solutions that you can try.


How Do I Stop My Hulu From Skipping?

Person Accessing Hulu on the Laptop

Solution 1: Restart Your Streaming Device

Hulu might keep skipping because of a glitch on your streaming device. You don't have to worry too much about this, as you should be able to get Hulu working again after restarting.

If you're using a smart TV or desktop, I'd recommend that you also remove your power cord before you turn your streaming device back on again.

On top of the regular reboot, you can also try force restarting. It's a more comprehensive restart method that you can try on iPhones and Androids. You'll have to press your Power button and a couple of other buttons a certain way to do it - definitely give it a try too.

Solution 2: Delete Hulu Watch History

I've been able to get Hulu to stop skipping a few times by deleting my watch history. Just remember that when you do this, you'll no longer have shows that you're currently watching pop up in your 'Continue Watching' list.

But if you're interested, here's how you can do this:

Solution 3: Update Hulu Application

If you haven't updated the Hulu app in a while, the skipping forward issue wouldn't be a surprise. The streaming service is probably bugging out. You'll have to download the latest app updates to take care of this.

But before you try and fix Hulu skipping episodes problem this way, make sure that you have a stable internet connection first, as it can take forever otherwise.

On most phones and computers, you only have to go to your respective app store, search for the Hulu application, and then click on the update button to install the latest Hulu updates. But on devices like smart TVs, the process to follow can differ a bit.

Here's what you do on a Samsung Smart TV:

Latest TV Shows Streaming on the Television

Solution 4: Update Operating System

Instead of the Hulu app being outdated, it might be your operating system that's in need of an upgrade. You probably already know if this is the case, as your system would be acting up and causing all kinds of problems. Also, you would've gotten a notification telling you that there's new firmware to download.

Here's how you update an iOS device:

Here's what Hulu users can do on Androids:

Here's how you can update a Samsung TV:

Solution 5: Clear Hulu App

The skipping issue might be due to the Hulu app's cache being corrupt. It's hard to say why this happened, but it generally means that something has gone wrong with its temporary files and memory. You should be able to take care of it by clearing its cache.

If you're wondering, no, you won't lose any important data. You'd only be signed out of your Hulu account. So, you'll have to spend an extra minute or two signing back in again.

Here's how you can clear Hulu app cache on iPhones:

Even though this will uninstall the app from your phone, your settings and other data will be restored when you reinstall the Hulu app.

Here's how you do this on an Android mobile device:

Here are the troubleshooting steps for Samsung TVs:

Solution 6: Delete and Reinstall the Hulu app

Last but not least, I'd recommend that you try deleting and then reinstalling Hulu. This might be the only trick that can help, as there might be a major software problem on it - deleting the app will completely wipe its data from your streaming device along with any software issues that are around.

Here's how you can delete Hulu on iPhones:

Here's how you can delete Hulu on an Android device:

Here's what you do to fix Hulu on a Samsung Smart TV:

To reinstall the streaming service again, you'll have to open your respective app store, search for Hulu, and then click on Download.

Hulu Loading on the Mobile

What Do You Do if the Above Fixes Don't Work?

If none of the above fixes work, my only advice would be to contact the Hulu support team. There might be some kind of major problem on their end that they aren't aware of. Hopefully, they'll get back to you soon, along with some fixes.


Answered below are some popular questions.

Why is Hulu Stuttering on My Firestick?

This usually is due to your network connection not being the best, like your internet speed being really slow. I ran through what to do about this earlier, but essentially, you will have to do an internet speed test and then contact your ISP to try and upgrade your package.

Instead of your network speed being slow, your Wi-Fi signal might be the culprit. You should be able to take care of this by turning your router off and then back on again.

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Final Thoughts

The Hulu skipping forward issue most of the time is due to a connection problem, like your internet speed not being the best, or you being too far from your Wi-Fi router. At the same time, it can be software related, like you having faulty files data, and cache - you should easily be able to clear Hulu's cache to take care of this.

As mentioned, I've faced the same issue before, but have always been able to take care of it. I touched on all the fixes that have helped me - hopefully, you're able to start streaming media on Hulu again with my tricks.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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