Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

A buffer may refer to any of the following:

1. With memory, a buffer is a temporary storage in the memory that stores information while processing other information.

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2. Online buffering happens while streaming music and videos before they play. Buffering lets you watch or listen to media almost instantly by downloading a small portion and then playing the file while the remainder downloads.

If your Internet connection is fast enough, you should only buffer for a few seconds when you start playing the media and never need to buffer again. If your computer or device frequently buffers, your connection is not fast enough, or there's a problem with your connection or the streaming provider.

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