Video quality

To give you the best viewing experience, YouTube adjusts the quality of your video stream from standard definition (such as 240p or 360p) to high definition (720p or 1080p), based on the speed of your Internet connection. This is why you may notice that the quality of your video changes as you watch videos.

Here are some other factors that determine video quality:

  • Video player size: By default, the quality setting will be on 'Auto' and YouTube will use the highest quality based on your video player size.
  • Quality of the original uploaded video: For example, if the video was recorded in standard definition, it will not be available in high definition.

Change video quality

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

TV & computer

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

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 you watch.

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