Select or Change your Audio Quality

Youtube Music Premium members can select the bitrate at which music is streamed and downloaded. If you haven’t selected a quality setting, it will automatically be set to the “Normal” bitrate for your location.

Select your streaming audio quality

Audio quality on wifi

  1. In the Youtube Music app, tap on your profile picture.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Tap Audio quality on Wi-Fi.
  4. Select one of the available options:
    • ​Low
      • Uses least data
      • Upper bound of 48kbps AAC
    • Normal
      • Default setting
      • Upper bound of 128kbps AAC
    • High
      • Uses additional data 
      • Upper bound of 256kbps AAC
    • Always High
      • Maintains high quality even when connection is poor
      • Bitrate: 256kbps AAC

Audio quality on mobile network

  1. In the Youtube Music app, tap on your profile picture.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Tap Audio quality on mobile network.
  4. Select one of the available options:
    • ​Low
      • Uses least data
      • Upper bound of 48kbps AAC
    • Normal
      • Default setting
      • Upper bound of 128kbps AAC
    • High
      • Uses additional data 
      • Upper bound of 256kbps AAC
    • Always High
      • Maintains high quality even when connection is poor
      • Bitrate: 256kbps AAC

Select your download audio quality

  1. In the Youtube Music app, tap on your profile picture.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Tap Downloads.
  4. Tap Audio quality.
  5. Select your download quality:
    • ​Low
      • Uses least storage on your device
      • Bitrate: 48kbps AAC
    • Normal
      • Default setting
      • Bitrate: 128kbps AAC
    • High
      • Higher-quality audio will use more storage on your device 
      • Bitrate: 256kbps AAC

If you’ve previously downloaded songs, they will stay at their current audio quality unless you re-download them. Changing the download audio quality only impacts the quality of future downloads.

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