YouTube Adds New Video Resolution Options to Help Users Reduce Data Usage

YouTube Adds New Video Resolution Options to its Apps

After letting users change their YouTube channel name without changing their Google account name, YouTube has made a significant change to the video-resolution setting on its iOS and Android app. YouTube has started rolling out advanced video-resolutions options in the YouTube app. They automatically set a video resolution based on data usage.

As a result, following the update, users will not be getting the usual 720p, 1080p, or 4K resolution options in the YouTube app on Android and iOS. Instead, there will be advanced options such as higher-picture quality and data-saver that will set a video resolution automatically, depending on the data usage of a user.

New Video Resolution Options on YouTube

As per YouTube, this aims to simplify the video-resolution selection in its app and help non-tech-savvy users select an option that best suits their data needs. So, as you can imagine, it will be similar to Disney+ Hotstar and Prime Video’s resolution-selection options, which include high, medium, and low settings.

new youtube resolution options

However, unlike the said platforms, YouTube, apart from a “Higher picture quality” mode and a “data saver” mode, also gives an “Advanced” option that lets users pick a specific video resolution just like before.

Now, the new resolution options will let users set the resolution of a video that they are currently watching. However, the changes do not apply to the other videos. Users can, however, set a default video resolution for all the videos by heading to “Settings -> Video quality preferences” in the YouTube app. There are options to set default video resolutions for both Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

youtube video quality settings

Furthermore, the “higher-picture quality” mode sets the resolution of a video to 720p or above and is best suited for when one is using a Wi-Fi network. On the contrary, the “data saver” option maxes out the video resolution to 480p and uses as little data as possible.


The new YouTube video-resolution options are rolling out via a server-side update. As a result, updating your YouTube app may not necessarily bring these new options to your device. I updated the YouTube app on my iPhone XR but did not see the new resolution options, but Android users can force close the app and clear the cache to test out this feature right away.

VIA India Today
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  • These options suck, I don’t want google to smoothen out my settings, I WANT MORE SETTINGS. I want to turn this ridiculous feature off.

    It’s just as bad as the olden times of 2 resolution options (those being standard and high definition) why on earth would google do such a thing to their perfectly good service?

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