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How to use the new YouTube Android data saving settings

How to use the new YouTube Android data saving settings

Small adjustments can make a big difference. The YouTube mobile app, on both iOS and Android, now makes it a little easier, at least for some users, to control the use of your data. This is reported by 9to5Google, which highlights a new configuration buried within the application of YouTube that gives people data saving controls in video streaming.

For those who do most of their YouTube streaming without a WiFi connection, there’s a good chance that being able to fine-tune how video files are streamed could affect your monthly mobile bill.

Before continuing, you should keep in mind that not all have the new features as of this writing on April 25. The new settings are in the active process of rolling out for Android and iOS users, according to YouTube. So you should see them appear, in your app menu soon.

So here’s the deal: Buried in Setting, there is an option to set “Video Quality Preference”.

“Select your default transmission quality for all videos”, 9to5 Google shows the application explaining in a screenshot. “You can change the streaming quality in the player options for individual videos.”

This, by itself, is not new. The new part is what comes next.

How to use the new YouTube Android data saving settings

YouTube mobile app users can now select, when connected to a mobile network or WiFi, if they want videos to be streamed with “Highest image quality” or “Lower image quality”.

The latter, perhaps unsurprisingly, is labeled as “Data saving”, while the first says that “Use more data”.

In particular, the settings do not have to be the same for WiFi or mobile networks. The YouTube mobile app can be configured to play higher quality videos over WiFi, but uses data saver when connected to a cellular network.

We also clarified some of the details on how the new settings will work and they extend to the quality settings in general on YouTube. Users can expect a «Quick menu» which offers easy access to quality settings. You will have the option to select “Automatic”, “Higher quality” or “Data saving” here. An “Advanced Menu”, accessible from the Quick Menu, allows you to specify the resolution, basically what you can do on YouTube now.

The account-level stuff, where you can make persistent settings changes that apply every time you log into YouTube, is where the preferences outlined above come into play. This is where you can tell the app what your streaming preferences are. So assuming you’re lucky enough to have them, adjust those settings up or down, sit back and relax knowing you’re saving data or going through bandwidth for the highest quality content.