System requirements

In order to watch YouTube videos, make sure that you have the most up-to-date browser and operating system and a good Internet connection:

  • Newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, Safari or Opera
  • Internet connection with 500+ Kbps

Films and TV shows requirements

Some premium content on YouTube – like films, TV shows and live events – require a faster connection and greater processing power to ensure optimal streaming speeds. Here's what you'll need:

  • Newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge or Safari
  • Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+ or Ubuntu 10+
  • Internet connection with 1+ Mbps

It can help to close other tabs, browsers and programs while streaming your content. It may also help to hardwire your Internet connection, instead of using a wireless network connection.

The table below shows the approximate speeds recommended to play each video format. 

Video resolution

Recommended sustained speed
4K 20 Mbps
HD 1080p    5 Mbps
HD 720p  2.5 Mbps
SD 480p 1.1 Mbps
SD 360p 0.7 Mbps


Premium content playback on Linux is only supported on Google Chrome
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