According to 9to5Google, new resolution controls for YouTube are coming to mobile. This is great news for anybody who wants more control than what is currently offered by the YouTube app. Now, users will be able to control the video resolution more than they could before.
Thanks to a new server-side update to the YouTube mobile app, users can now choose more than the predetermined incremental options. Before the new update, the auto option was the only other option besides the incremental resolutions.
However, users can now use the new controls to prioritize “higher picture quality.” This is pretty straightforward in what it does. You allow the app to use more data to get better quality. If you have unlimited data or are usually around Wi-fi this could be good for you.
There is also a new “data saver” option. This also is pretty straightforward in what it does. It lowers the quality when streaming videos, but will save data. This is great for anybody not on an unlimited data plan.
New resolution controls for YouTube give you more control over your video quality
While you are playing the quality will still adapt to your network or data connections. However, even if you choose “higher picture quality” it seems as if the cap is 720p for that. If you choose “data saver” your quality will cap at 480p. But, the quality can go as low as 144p. That is extremely low, but at least you will save data.
Users will also be able to choose which option they want YouTube to default to when playing on mobile and Wi-fi networks. This option is in the YouTube app Settings section. Users will be able to still choose what resolution they want from the “Advanced” tab. So you will be able to still choose from 144p to 4K UHD while watching a video.
The new settings and options are rolling out and should be available for everybody in the mobile app. This includes both Android users and iOS users. Of course, you will need to make sure that you have the latest update of the app on your phone.
If you’re not sure if you do head into your phone’s respective app store to check to see if there is an update. In addition to these new settings, creators can now change their channel name without editing their Google account. That is pretty nifty.
YouTube recently was labeled the world’s most used social media platform. There is no real surprise there considering users can get lost watching videos for hours.