It's more than frustrating that Billie Eilish's new song is not being loaded on YouTube fast enough and the quality of The Dodo's latest alpaca video is dubious. The bane of YouTube (apart from my addiction to it) seems to be that the video's display quality is not always the same. Fortunately, you can change the display settings on YouTube to either load faster or play back with a sharper image.
Videos load faster if you choose a lower resolution, and look better if you choose a higher resolution. In general, you probably want videos to look as good as possible. In some cases, however, a lower resolution is better if, for example, you are using a slow Wi-Fi connection or cellular connection to store data.
] YouTube allows you to change the display settings for all devices, including your phone, TV, and computer. YouTube remembers this setting for the next time, which can help make videos smoother when you start them in your next session.
Changing YouTube video quality on your phone
YouTube is a source of video, but it's also great for playing music – like an official music video or a playlist. For example, say you use your phone to listen to YouTube music while driving (adjust the settings before getting in your car!) Or go, commute – you name it.
These are scenarios in which you want to be faster load times and can handle lower resolution. The tips also apply to YouTube TV, a YouTube subscription service for watching live TV without a cable. YouTube Music, a YouTube music streaming app, can be customized in kilobits per second.
If you watch videos on your mobile while on the go, use the same method to increase the streaming resolution in terms of quality. For example, if your mobile service appears weak or you do not properly estimate your data, you may need to resort to a lower resolution.
. 1 After selecting the video you want to stream (for listening), tap the three white dots in the upper right corner.
2. Select Quality from the list.
3. Choose the quality you want to see. The options range from 144p for a lower resolution to 2160p (4K) for a higher resolution, depending on which video you are watching.
If you only listen to music and you do not watch the video, choose a lower setting to load faster. If you are watching the video, choose a higher resolution to get the best viewing experience possible.
If you select a video in 1080p, but the next video you watch does not provide this quality, the video will be reset to the next highest setting.
Make your YouTube video clearer on your TV.
If you watch a video on your Smart TV or a Media Streamer (the app is not yet available on Fire TV), you want the sharpest quality you want. To select the best resolution:
1. When viewing a video in the YouTube app for your TV, select the three white dots in the lower left corner where More stands.
2. Select Quality .
3. Select a video quality option. Again, the qualities range from 144p (low resolution) to 2160p (this is 4K quality, which is very high-resolution ). You should choose a higher resolution to get a clearer picture.
Changing the video resolution on your computer
You may be listening to or may want to watch videos, depending on what you are doing. If you have a strong connection via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable, you should use higher-resolution video. This may not be the case if you are mocking your phone or are in a café or library with slower or more spotty Wi-Fi.
1. On the video screen, select the settings tool that looks like a gear.
2. Click Quality .
3. Select a quality option. If you just listen, the quality settings may be lower.
Would you like to know more? We also have many other YouTube tips, including enabling the YouTube Dark Mode in the app, YouTube music tips and tricks, and sharing YouTube Premium with your family.
Originally published on June 30, 2019. Update, July 1 .