Stop YouTube from Changing Resolution: Best Guide

The YouTube is set to change video resolution automatically by default. This change depends on your Internet connectivity or connection speed, each time you watch a video.

The automatic resolution settings can sometimes cause problems, especially, when you are using an unstable Internet connection, which is relentlessly speeding up or slowing down.

Fortunately, the resolution of YouTube videos can be changed manually. Thus, you can disable the automatic setting.

How to Change YouTube’s Video Resolution?

If you want to change the resolution of a video you’re watching on YouTube, you can do it just by following the simple steps given below:

  1. Click the gear icon located below the YouTube video you play.
  2. Then select the “Setting” option.
  3. Now, you can choose one from 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p and 144p.

Note: You will not be able to choose a high-definition setting if the video you are watching had been uploaded in standard definition.

  1. The video will now remain in the resolution or quality you’ve selected for the entire duration of video unless it is manually changed.

How to Change the Default YouTube Settings?

If you want to change default YouTube settings, all have to do is to make sure you’re logged in to your YouTube account, If you are, you can proceed ahead and change it easily just by following the simple steps given below:

  1. Go to the same Settings page again.
  2. If your Internet speed is slower, you need to select “I have a slow connection” option.

Note: We never recommend to play the “higher-quality video” and tap on the “Save” button because the YouTube will default to SD resolution every time you play a video.

  1. For faster Internet connections, you are recommended to select the “Always play HD on full screen (when available)” option and then tap on the “Save” button.
  2. As a result of above, YouTube is more likely to automatically display videos in HD if the option is available to your device’s internet connectivity.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope that the information provided here is going to be useful to you.

Stephen Strange is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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