Change the quality of your video

To give you the best viewing experience, YouTube adjusts the quality of your video stream based on your viewing conditions. This is why you may notice that the quality of your video changes as you watch videos.

Here are some factors that determine video quality:

  1. The speed of your Internet connection
  2. Video player/screen size: Higher-quality videos generally play better on larger screens.
  3. Quality of the original uploaded video: If the video was recorded in standard definition, it won't be available in high definition.
     
Note: Some browsers don't support newer video formats or quality options. Learn more on missing quality options

Change video quality

You can manually adjust the video quality of any video that you're watching on a computer, TV or mobile device.

Mobile device

To adjust video quality while watching on your mobile device:

  1. In the video player, select More .
  2. Tap Quality .
  3. Select your preferred video quality.
Note: Choosing lower video quality (such as 240p and 360p) will make videos start more quickly. The video player will remember this setting for future videos that you watch.

Computer

To adjust video quality while watching on your computer:
  1. In the video player, select Settings .
  2. Click Quality.
  3. Select your preferred video quality.

TV

To adjust video quality while watching on your TV:
  1. In the video player, select More options .
  2. Click Quality.
  3. Select your preferred video quality.
Note: Some high-quality formats (ie. 1080p, 4K) may not be available for all devices, as they may not support the latest video compression technology (VP9).
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