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 Wi-Fi

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

Audio quality on mobile network

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

Select your download audio quality

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

If you've previously downloaded songs, they'll remain 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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