Change the quality of your video

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

Here are some factors that decide 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 change the video quality of any video that you're watching on a computer, TV or mobile device.

Mobile device

To change the video quality of the video you're watching:

  1. In the video player, select More .
  2. Tap Quality .
  3. Select 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.

To change the video quality for all videos:

  1. Tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Video quality preferences.
  4. Select your preferred video quality for mobile networks and on Wi-Fi:
    • 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. 

Computer

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