26 November 2020
YouTube seems to be getting a feature that was commonly requested by many for years. It is the ability to set default video quality based on one’s preference or need. The feature has been spotted only on Android devices for now and that too for a few select users. This is because the feature is still part of the beta testing phase and the team is looking to iron out any major issues that may exist.
The app now shows three options to choose from. These are Auto, Higher picture quality, and Data saver. An exact video resolution has not been mentioned but we can expect the last two options to represent HD (720p or higher) and SD (480p or lower) quality respectively.
There is one more option called Advanced. It lets users set specific video quality: 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p. The name suggests this particular option is aimed at those who know they are doing and understand the effect of different resolutions on their data plan consumption.
These options are available on a per-video basis but can also be accessed through app settings. While the options will remain the same, it will allow you to set default video resolution for WiFi and cellular networks. The app setting is called Video quality preferences (Beta) which makes it clear that the feature is currently in the beta stage. These new features will surely be appreciated by those who are on a limited mobile data connection.