Video options on YouTube

Watch videos in full screen, change the video quality, and turn captions on or off. You can also learn how to watch videos while browsing on the YouTube mobile app.

Mobile app

You can change your viewing options from the video player.

Full screen

Watch in full screen:

  • Rotate your device horizontally.
  • Or tap the video and then tap full screen  .

Exit full screen:

  • Tap the video and then tap full screen exit  .

Change video quality

  1. In the video player, tap More  .
  2. Tap Quality .
  3. Tap your preferred video quality:
    • Auto (recommended): Changes to give you the best experience for your conditions.
    • Higher picture quality: Uses more data so videos may take longer to start or may buffer more often.
    • Data saver: Lower picture quality, but videos may start faster. 
    • Advanced: Set a specific quality resolution.
Note: Changing the video quality in the video player, only affects the current video. You can set or change the video quality for all videos in Settings.

Turn on & off captions

  1. To turn on, tap Captions Captions in the upper right corner.
  2. To turn off, tap Captions Captions again.

If Captions doesn't show:

  1. Tap your profile picture  and then tap Settings .
  2. Tap Captions.
  3. Turn captions on or off.

Check out more caption options.


On devices with aspect ratios greater than 16:9, you can zoom in to videos to make the video expand to the full screen.

  1. Go to the video you'd like to zoom.
  2. Pinch out on the video screen with 2 fingers.
Note: Devices with aspect ratios greater than 16:9 are taller in relation to the width than the standard phone. 16:9, commonly known as widescreen, is the most common aspect ratio for mobile devices, TVs, and computer monitors, and is the international standard format for HDTV.

Fast forward or rewind

  • To rewind, double-tap the left side of the video-screen.
  • To fast-forward, double-tap the right side of the screen.

Watch videos while browsing

The minimize feature lets you browse YouTube without pausing or stopping a video. You can pause and play the video while it’s minimized.
  • Minimize the player: While a video is playing, swipe down on the video.
  • Maximize the player: Swipe upwards on the minimized video.
  • Dismiss the player: If you no longer want to view the minimized video, swipe it down or tap Close  .

Mobile web

To change video quality:

  1. Tap Settings .
  2. Under "Quality", tap the Down arrow and select playback quality.
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