How to fix Twitch audio delay issues & out of sync

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Twitch is a popular streaming service, but many users reported audio delay while watching Twitch. This problem can negatively impact your viewing experience, so today we’re going to show you how to fix this issue on your PC.

Twitch audio issues can be quite problematic, and speaking of audio issues, here are some common problems that users reported:

  • Twitch streaming audio out of sync, game audio out of sync – This issue can occur while streaming using OBS. To fix it, set the delay to your microphone in order to match the audio delay.
  • OBS audio out of sync – This issue usually occurs due to OBS settings, and many users reported that they fixed the problem by disabling the Use device timestamps option.
  • Twitch audio lagging behind video, audio lag – There are many causes that lead to these errors, and if you encounter them, be sure to try all of our solutions.

How do I fix audio delays in Twitch?

  1. Try using a different browser
  2. Disable HTML5 player
  3. Update your GPU drivers
  4. Refresh the page
  5. Switch between different modes
  6. Disable hardware acceleration
  7. Disable Fast Boot
  8. Disable Use Device Timestamps option
  9. Check your amount of RAM
  10. Set a delay on your webcam and microphone
  11. Try viewing the steam in Incognito mode

1. Try using a different browser

If your problems persist and you think that maybe your web browser might be to blame, then maybe it is time you try a different one.

Avid gamers may like to give Opera GX a try, the world’s first web browser created specifically for gamers.

Not only does it look fantastic thanks to the visuals powered by Razer Chroma, but it also features Twitch integrations, allowing for a better Twitch experience when viewing streams from it.

The web browser is also made using the incredibly stable Chromium engine, so any extensions that you may have used on Chrome or Edge will work on it as well.

More so, it is incredibly lightweight, and the GX Controls menu makes sure your browser never eats up too much of your RAM.

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2. Disable HTML5 player

  1. Open the desired stream in Twitch.
  2. Click the Gear icon below the video and then choose Advanced from the menu. Locate HTML5 Player option and disable it.
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According to users, sometimes audio delay in Twitch can appear due to HTML5 player. HTML5 almost completely replaced Adobe Flash on the web, but apparently some people are having issues with HTML5 player in Twitch.

To fix this problem, users are suggesting to disable HTML5 player in Twitch.

After doing that, the problem should be resolved and your audio issues will be fixed. Bear in mind that you might have to repeat this workaround for each stream that you want to play.


3. Update your GPU drivers

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Your GPU drivers are quite important, and if your drivers are corrupted or out of date, perhaps you’ll need to update them in order to fix audio delay issues in Twitch.

This is fairly simple to do, and the best way to do that is to visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model. Once you download the latest drivers, install them and check if that solves your issue.

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4. Refresh the page

Sometimes this problem can occur due to a glitch with the page you’re on. If there’s an audio delay on a specific stream, perhaps you can fix the problem simply by refreshing the stream page.

Alternatively, you can try pausing the stream for a couple of moments and then continue the playback in order to fix the problem. If that doesn’t work, you can also try closing the browser and opening the stream again.

These are some simple workarounds, but they might be able to help you with audio delay issues on Twitch, so be sure to try them out.


5. Switch between different modes

If you’re having audio delay issues on Twitch, it might be possible to fix this problem simply by switching to a different viewing mode. According to users, to fix the issue you just have to try switching between regular, theater and full-screen viewing modes.

Several users reported that this method worked for them, so be sure to try it out and check if it works.


6. Disable hardware acceleration

  1. In the top right corner click the Menu
  2. Now choose Settings from the menu.
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  3. When the Settings tab opens, scroll all the way down and click on Advanced.
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  4. Locate the System section and disable Use hardware acceleration when available option.
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According to users, sometimes this issue can occur due to problems with hardware acceleration in your browser. Hardware acceleration is a useful feature that utilizes your GPU in order to render content and improve your performance.

However, sometimes this feature can lead to audio delays and various other issues on Twitch. To fix the problem, many users are suggesting to disable hardware acceleration in your browser.

After disabling this feature, restart your browser to apply changes. Once your browser restarts, check if the problem is still there.


7. Disable Fast Boot

  1. Press Windows Key + S and type power settings in the search field.
  2. Choose Power & sleep settings from the list of results.
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  3. In the right pane, go down to the Related settings section and click Additional power settings.
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  4. Power Options window should now appear. In the left pane, select Choose what the power button does.
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  5. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
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  6. Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) option and click Save changes.
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According to users, this issue can be caused by the Fast Boot feature on Windows. This is a useful feature since it will allow your system to boot faster by putting it in a state similar to hibernation.

Although this feature is useful, some users claim that it’s causing audio issues on Twitch. To fix the problem, it’s advised to disable it completely.

After disabling this feature, the problems with audio delay in Twitch should be gone. Bear in mind that your system might boot slightly slower after disabling this feature.


8. Disable Use Device Timestamps option

  1. Open OBS and in the main screen click the Gear
  2. Now locate Use device timestamps option and disable it.

Some users reported audio delay issues on Twitch while streaming and using OBS. To fix this problem, it’s advised to change a single setting in OBS.

After doing that, check if the problem is resolved. If this feature is already disabled, try enabling it and check if that solves your problem.


9. Check your amount of RAM

 

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If you’re getting an audio delay while streaming on Twitch using OBS, perhaps the issue is related to the amount of RAM. According to users, this issue can appear if you don’t have enough RAM to comfortably run OBS.

This is an unlikely cause, but if the amount of RAM is the problem, perhaps you should consider purchasing more RAM.


10. Set a delay on your webcam and microphone

If you’re having an audio delay while streaming on Twitch, perhaps you can somewhat remedy the issue by adding offset to your webcam and microphone. To do that, go to the Settings page in OBS and look for your audio/video source and add offset to it.

After doing that, your webcam and microphone should be perfectly synced with the game audio. This might be a crude workaround, but several users reported that it worked for them, so you might want to try it out.


11. Try viewing the stream in Incognito mode

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top right corner of your browser.
  2. Now select New incognito window from the menu.
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If you can’t watch Twitch steam due to audio delay, perhaps you can try viewing it in Incognito mode. Many browsers have this feature, and this feature uses no add-ons or cache, so it’s perfect for troubleshooting issues.

After doing that, a new window will now appear. Visit the stream that you want to watch in the new window and check if the issue is still there.

If the problem doesn’t appear in Incognito mode, the issue is most likely related to one of your extensions or your cache, so be sure to clear the cache and disable all extensions.

Audio delay issues in Twitch can negatively impact your viewing experience, but if you’re having this problem, be sure to try all of our solutions.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2018 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.