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How to set YouTube to HD resolution by default, always on your phone «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



To reduce the stress on the internet bandwidth during the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, Google decided to set YouTube's default video quality to 480p. That said, even if you could stream in HD quality without adjusting anything, you still couldn't change the default to whatever you wanted. We have a few methods to help you change this.

Since Google's official YouTube app does not allow you to adjust your default video quality so that it is the same every time you load a video, you need to look outside the ecosystem to choose 720p, 1080p, 1440p or 2160p. We'll tell you straight away it's easier on Android than on iOS, but check out the methods below to see for yourself.

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. YouTube Vanced (Android only)

If you use Android, there is no better option than YouTube Vanced. The free YouTube client allows you to change the default video resolution to whatever you want, so you can get around Google's restrictive philosophy. You can do this for both Wi-Fi and mobile, so you can jump anywhere in HD. For Vanced, you don't have to root your phone, which means anyone can try it.

2. Cercube 5 (jailbreak only)

If you jailbreak your iPhone, Cercube 5 is the YouTube client for you. One of the many excellent, customizable features is the ability to set the default video resolution to whatever you want. Like YouTube Vanced, you can set the default streaming settings for both Wi-Fi and mobile.

Cercube 5 is a jailbreak tweak, so if you have an official build of iOS you can't use it. If you want to give it a try, you'll need to jailbreak your iPhone first, which we can get you through. Don't forget to avoid updating to iOS 13.4 if you plan to jailbreak, at least until someone finds out how to jailbreak that version too.

3. Adjust the video resolution manually for the session

If you don't have access to the first two solutions, you can do something in the official YouTube app. Although you cannot set a default resolution, changing the resolution for one video has a ripple effect on all the other videos that you watch during the rest of your session. You have to repeat it every time the YouTube app is refreshed, but it's certainly better than making it with a default value of 480p.

To change the video resolution of a video you are currently viewing, tap the video player, then tap the vertical ellipse at the top right. Then tap "Quality" and then tap the desired resolution from the list.

Bonus: double check your HD Wi-Fi settings

If you are having trouble streaming in HD with your mobile connection, your app is may be set to stream in HD only when connected to Wi-Fi. While it saves mobile data, it doesn't help if you want to watch high-quality YouTube content on the go.

To check this, tap your profile icon in the top right corner of the main view and click & # 39; Settings & # 39; in the menu. From here, things are a little different depending on your operating system. For Android, tap & # 39; General & # 39; and make sure that & # 39; Limit use of mobile data & # 39; is turned off. On iOS, make sure that "Play HD on Wi-Fi only" is turned off.

You should now be able to stream in HD whether you are connected to WiFi or not.

Cover image, screenshots and GIF by Jake Peterson / Gadget Hacks

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