YouTube for Android now allows you to choose video streaming quality, finally

YouTube for Android now allows you to choose video streaming quality, finally
For a long, long time, Android users have desired a certain option to be added to the mobile YouTube app – the ability to select the streaming quality of the videos they watch. Up until now, however, Android fans could only opt to watch a given video in either HD/HQ or not (provided that the video clip in question is a high-definition/high-quality one, that is). Fortunately, this is about to become a thing of the past, as the most recent update for YouTube adds the craved option to choose video quality.

Strangely enough, this option has been around on the iOS counterpart of YouTube for some time now. It was high time to implement it to the Android version of YouTube, Google!

This update will bring your YouTube app to version 5.7 and will enable you to stream at 144p, 240p, 360p, 720p, and 1080p. Additionally, there is an "Auto" option, which chooses the best possible quality based on your current Internet connection. The streaming quality of the video playback can be adjusted from the Settings menu, which is in the upper right corner of the video you are watching.

As usual, the update will be rolling out in stages, so it may not hit your YouTube app right away. Oh, and by the way, we are still waiting for that nifty offline video playback that was promised back in November.

Download: YouTube (Android | iOS)

source: Android Central



1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013


6. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Now they just need to add a floating window and a minimized mode so I can uninstall Viral

8. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

They just have to make it play with the display off, because many times we want to hear without watching. Drains the batteries for no reason stupid goo

10. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

YouTube app IS the project Loon

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good point, but there's always gonna be people do dumb stuff like that and complain for no reason, but why let stupid people hold us back from better features?

14. wilsong17 unregistered

Really you are super late will it kill you to do a Google search Here you go off screen now you can listen to whatever you want with the screen off

16. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Not everyone wants to root

18. wilsong17 unregistered

Genius you DON'T NEED ROOT did you read anything

22. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Is clearly stated on the top of that page: "How I installed it: ** Remember: Your device must be capable of 1080p/720p video decoding and ROOTED, unless YouTube is not preinstalled as a system app! • Removed /system/app/YouTube.apk".....

33. dr.c33

Posts: 19; Member since: May 31, 2014

As you mentioned, he is a genius. He's literate.... can't say the same about you.

12. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Finally, I can stop using Tubemate because my internet goes slow after the """Fair Usage Policy""" data runs out..

2. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I hate this app. I wish i could uninstall it :(

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

What's wrong with it? Official, looks good, works well, nothing wrong IMO.

20. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Ads are everywhere and you cant use it with locked screen :(

28. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Adblock Plus can block ads without root.

19. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You mean the one on wp?


Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

And the next update will remove this feature. Because Google

5. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

SuperTube all the way!

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I have this feature on my Windows Phone + offline support.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Long freaking overdue, Google! And what on earth is that absurdity with serving iOS first ?? Smh

15. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

They are testing on ios first so that if it isn't user friendly or people don't like it they know they won't do it on Android

31. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Maybe because they make more money from iOS, you think?

34. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Dont think so there are allot more android phones than iphones. And google makes money by advertisements. The chance would be small that there are more views from ios users than android users

13. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

21. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Thanks for pointing that out.

23. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I admire that noble admission. Other editors after correcting they make half hidden ironic comments for the commentators that pointed out

17. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I have updated and it has 1080p option to choose ;-)

24. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

360p or 480p for me. My internet sucks. Too many fluctuations in the speed!

25. Tuxedo_SNjr

Posts: 16; Member since: May 01, 2014

MKBHD in the background :D

27. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Even though 1080p on youtube looks pretty bad, it's better than having to use 720p on the youtube app. Baby steps, but a slightly improvement is better than nothing.

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