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YouTube mobile app gets new video resolution settings!!

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Highlights:

  • YouTube mobile apps get new video resolution settings.
  • A recent server-side update to the YouTube mobile app has now added further options.
  • The new video resolution controls allow you to prioritize their data usage while viewing content.

YouTube has started rolling out new video resolution settings for its Android and iOS apps. Until now, YouTube presented a list of resolutions for video playback along with an Auto option, which allowed the app to automatically adjust the video quality depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Instead of the manual resolution control like 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, and so on, the new options will give you only four options. These are Advanced, Data Saver, Higher Picture Quality, and Auto. Here’s how each option will work, explained in detail.

Along with specific resolutions in the video player, you can now toggle between three separate modes that either favor video quality, data use, or whatever works best for your current internet connection.

While most people who are used to the old settings are unlikely to find the new settings useful since they introduce an extra step to change the video resolution, YouTube wants to make data saving easier for those who don’t understand the video resolutions.

The new settings are enabled through a server-side switch, so updating your app to the latest version is no guarantee you’ll get the new options. But it shouldn’t be too long before YouTube completes the rollout.

Setting a default configuration

The new YouTube app doesn’t allow you to set a default value for all videos. Well, at least not directly. The app requires you to first head over to Settings and jump in the Video Quality Preferences menu. Here you can set a default setting for all videos you watch.

However, the bad news is that users will not find the Advanced setting with manual resolution numbers here. This means that if you want to set a default playback quality for all videos, you will have to choose between Auto, Higher Picture Quality, and Data Saver.

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