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ESPN App Not Working

ESPN is one of the most famous acronyms out there. It stands for “All sports, all the time.” ESPN allows you to watch live games, get scores, and enjoy commentary on your favorite team, 24/7.

The ESPN app will not work without sufficient bandwidth. Reduce the number of devices streaming on the same network. Download content from other service providers to free up the bandwidth needed for ESPN live streaming.

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There could be several reasons why the ESPN app is not working. Generally, the solution is an easy fix. This article will help you troubleshoot some possible causes so you can get back to cheering on your team.

ESPN App Not Working

There is no shortage of what we can watch and stream online. This blessing is also a curse when it does not work properly. It can be a curse when the ESPN app stops working in the middle of game night.

If the ESPN app is not working, make sure both the television and your streaming device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Put your device on airplane mode for a few seconds to force the reconnect to your home’s Wi-Fi network.

It is easy for our phones and tablets to connect to other Wi-Fi networks, especially if we have several networks saved. If the issue is not network-related, the issue could be within the ESPN app or your streaming device.

ESPN Server Down

The problem could be with ESPN itself. If the company server is down, no content will be coming through. The only solution to this issue is patience. Keep trying back to see if ESPN is back online and running.

ESPN App Updated

If there has been an update to the ESPN app, the older version will not work. To get the most current version of the ESPN app, you will need to uninstall the app and then reinstall it. It is also a good idea to restart your device once the updated version is installed.

Check Device Compatibility

Updates are needed to not only improve the security of our devices but also the functionality. These updates, however, require adequate memory space. If your device is an older version, it may not have the memory space required to support the ESPN app.

ESPN App Airplay/Mirroring Not Working/Black

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When you are sitting on the couch with your favorite snacks, wearing your favorite team’s colors, you want to be cheering on your team, not starring at a black screen.

If you are unable to AirPlay the ESPN app, make sure you are using devices that are AirPlay compatible. Both devices also need to be near each other. Check the signal strength of your Wi-Fi network if you continue having issues.

AirPlay allows you to send video from any Apple device to another AirPlay supported device. Follow these steps to see if your device is AirPlay compatible.

Step 1: Go to System Preferences

Step 2: Go to Displays.

Step 3: Click on the menu option “Show Mirroring Options in the Menu Bar When Available”.

Check Wi-Fi Network

All roads lead to the internet. Our phones and tablets go everywhere with us. This means they have a plethora of stored Wi-Fi networks to choose from. If your device is on a different Wi-Fi network than your television, you will only be watching a black screen.

Check Streaming Device

If you are using Chromecast, Firestick, or Roku to stream or mirror the ESPN app from your smart device, make sure it is on the same Wi-Fi network as your device and is correctly installed on the television. Be sure to check the connection cables as well as the batteries in any remotes.

ESPN App Keeps Crashing

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When you are streaming a live event, you don’t want anything to interrupt your game. You even make sure every snack and drink in the house is on the coffee table in front of you. The ESPN app crashing is not part of the game.

If the ESPN app keeps crashing, try restarting your device. Restarting the device will make sure it is running on the latest software. This will also install any updates to the ESPN app.

If the app continues to crash after restarting your device, here are two other suggestions to try.

Check Internet Bandwidth

You may have a good Wi-Fi signal, but if you do not have enough bandwidth to stream live content, this could cause the app to crash. One way to solve this problem is by limiting the number of devices on the network.

Another option is to download content from other streaming services. This will allow others in the home to watch their movie or television show while not interfering when the live streaming of the ESPN app.

Check Settings On Device

If the ESPN app was not properly closed out after it was last opened, it could already be running in the background. Go to Settings>Device Care to see which apps are still running in the background and how much memory your device has available.

ESPN App Keeps Buffering

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Some of the before-mentioned steps also apply to troubleshooting why the ESPN app keeps buffering.

If the ESPN app keeps buffering, reduce the video quality from the streaming device. A higher resolution makes for a better viewing experience, but a picture that is a little burry is better than no picture at all.

If no other devices are streaming on the same Wi-Fi network, contact your internet provider. It is possible there is work being done in your area or a bad storm has affected the signal strength. Worst-case scenario you may need to upgrade your internet plan to include high-speed internet.

ESPN App Sound Delay/No Sound/Not Working

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Watching the game is great, but it’s not much of a game if you don’t know what is happening. Here are some ideas to troubleshoot why there are sound issues with the ESPN app.

There will be issues with sound from the ESPN app if the volume on the streaming device is too low or is muted. Make sure the device is not set to silent or on airplane mode. An iPhone or iPad will have an orange light by the volume button if silenced.

Another suggestion is to make sure the device you are streaming from is able to stream content from the internet. Try to stream content from another site, such as YouTube or Netflix. If unsuccessful, then the issue is your device.

Restart The Router

Restarting the router will help clear the network for a few minutes. You can do this by unplugging the router for about two minutes. Don’t forget to warn others on the same network it will be down.

ESPN App Won’t Open/Load/Play

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ESPN is a dream come true for any sports enthusiast. Whether you simply want to get the scores from last night’s game or you are following your favorite soccer team, ESPN has all the sports content you can dream of.

If the ESPN app will not open, load, or play, your streaming device may not have sufficient memory space to support live streaming. Doing a factory reset or clearing the memory cache will provide more memory space.

As mentioned earlier, to stream from your device requires sufficient RAM, random access memory, and a strong internet connection. Here are some options to consider when troubleshooting this issue.

Available Memory Space

You can free up some memory space by deleting any unused apps and clearing the memory cache. The following steps will walk you through how to clean the memory cache from your device. Once completed, restarting your device will allow any updates to be installed.

Clearing Memory Cache from Apple Device

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Tap on Safari

Step 3: Tap Clear History and Website Data

Step 4: Confirm your choice by tapping Clear History and Data

Step 5: While still on the Safari page, scroll down and tap on Advanced

Step 6: Tap Website Data

Step 7: From here you can either chose to either Remove All Website Data or Edit. The option to Edit will allow you to choose with apps you want to delete or keep.

Step 8: Tap Done when complete.

Clearing Memory Cache from Android Device

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Select Apps

Step 3: Select Manage Apps

Step 4: Find the app you want to clean and then select Storage.

Step 5: Select Clear Data.

Throttling Internet

A common practice with some internet service providers is throttling or slowing the internet on purpose. ISP’s such as Time Warner and Comcast will regularly scan for particular high traffic categories and reduce the download speed if you are streaming too much content.

Streaming live content from providers such as ESPN requires a strong internet connection. For a good quality picture, a minimum internet speed of 25 MPS is required. If there are multiple devices streaming on the same network, 40 MPS is required.