Watch videos on slow connections (Dial-up)

Still rockin' the 56k? No problem. Even if you have a slow Internet connection, you can still watch YouTube videos. Here are some tips on optimizing your viewing experience:

  • Choose lower video quality settings (such as 240p and 360p) from the gear icon in the bottom right side of the video player.
  • Start the video and then click the Pause button immediately. Wait for the gray video progress bar to load a bit before clicking Play.
  • Change your video player settings to not default to the highest quality stream.
  • Try watching a shorter video; the shorter the video, the less time it takes to load.