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Why does Hulu keep skipping episodes? Quick Fix

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Hulu is a rather popular streaming platform with a wide selection of content for its users to stream. However, as well-built as the platform is, it still suffers from the occasional bug and glitch. 

In this article, we’re talking about why is Hulu skipping episodes and recommended a few solutions to fix the problem.

Why is Hulu skipping episodes?

Honestly, there are several reasons why Hulu might be skipping episodes. It could be a glitch in the platform, in your streaming device, or possibly a VPN messing up the Hulu app’s functionality. 

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How to fix the Hulu skipping episodes error?

Here are a few solutions you can try out if Hulu is skipping episodes consistently.

Power cycle the devices

One possible cause of the issue is when the internet cache built by the router over time gets corrupted. To reset this cache, we’re going to have to power cycle your streaming device, TV, gaming console or PC.

Unplug your device from the wall socket wait at least 15 seconds. Plug it back in and turn on the power.

Update Hulu app

Another thing you should do is look for updates for the Hulu app. Regardless of the device you’re running the app on, make sure it’s up to date with the latest version release that Hulu has put out.

Restart the Hulu app

Close the app from the recent apps window on your smartphone or quit it on your smart TV and console and restart it; the error should be fixed.

Reinstall the Hulu app

If clearing out the cache didn’t work, try reinstalling the app together. This can help eliminate any corrupt or damaged system files that may be causing issues with the app and replace them with a fresh version.

Check your internet connection

Now’s also a good time to check whether or not you have an active internet connection. If you’re on WiFi, make sure you’ve got an active connection and that there are no signal issues. On cellular data, ensure that it’s enabled and that you’re getting good network coverage. 

Also, check for the internet speed. High latency can also cause the app to disconnect and cause this bug.

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Disable VPN

Another possible cause for the issue could be because you’re using a VPN. Many streaming services are geo-restricted due to content copyright issues, and using a VPN can cause problems with their functionality and content availability causing them to skip episodes.

Clear Hulu app cache

Clearing the app’s cache can also help give a fresh start and resolve any underlying issue.

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  • Tap on Apps & notifications
  • On the next page, if you’ve recently used Hulu, it will appear under Recently opened apps. If it doesn’t, tap on the See all apps option, find and tap on Hulu.
  • On the next page, tap on Storage & cache.
  • Then tap on Clear Cache.
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Once the cache is cleared, try using the app again.

If you’re using the app on Fire TV, head over to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Hulu > Clear Cache and use the Clear data option to clear out the app’s cache. 

Clear your Hulu watch history

Hulu automatically keeps tracking of any episodes you’ve already watched and skips them so that you don’t have to repeat content. In this case, the episodes getting skipped could’ve been marked as seen due to a bug. Clearing your watch history on the platform can help sidestep this issue. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: