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Last week we told you that a change in the latest YouTube app allowed better control over the resolution when streaming, and now two new (and requested) options have been added — 1080p and 480p streaming.

You'll need to have the latest YouTube app, and be watching a video uploaded in the supported resolutions, but changing things is simple. Start your video, tap the three-dot overflow menu in the upper right. On screen, you'll see a gear icon — tap it and choose your resolution.

These are server side options so you'll not need a new app, but they haven't rolled out to everyone just yet. Keep looking and let us know when you see more choices!

Source: +Joshua Worth

 

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1080p and 480p streaming options added to latest YouTube app

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For some reason. It still caps me at 720p on videos. It said on the update that 4.2 and above will have higher resolutions. So....what's up with that?

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It took me until yesterday before it let me get the update with 720p. I have a Nexus 5 and even non Google Play Edition phones were starting to get 4.4.3 update and I was such on 4.4.2 until I pushed it myself over adb. Maybe I'm at the bottom of the staggered rollout pool.

From the article: "These are server side options so you'll not need a new app, but they haven't rolled out to everyone just yet. Keep looking and let us know when you see more choices!"

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You'll need to have the latest YouTube app, and be watching a video uploaded in the supported resolutions, but changing things is simple. Start your video, tap the three-dot overflow menu in the upper right. On screen, you'll see a gear icon — tap it and choose your resolution.

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I asked the same thing but no one wants to answer. You would think that there would be an article on it. You know, a how to guide. If only there were a place on the Internet to research questions like this

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Well it depends, you have to set the rabbit ears on UHF and have them in 9:37 and 12:16 position. Should be on one of the upper channels, like 9

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No worries, thanks for not doing the jury thing and actually being helpful

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+1 to both of you. One of the best comment threads ever... Two people teasing each other, and it didn't degenerate into name calling. Again +1

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All I can say is "Wow" - SMH. People, please READ the article and not just the headline. It's a staged roll out. Everyone will not have the option at the moment. Just be patient.

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Man... I finally got the last update for 720p, its gonna be forever until I get this update...

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That actually is in a tv. I think Sharp was the brand maker. I seen a video about it at CES.

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Updated YouTube app and on my S2 I get resolutions144, 240 & 360. I was hoping I'd get more like in the past. However I'm sure the best resolution was 360 before the update.

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After reading this, I tried it out. It really works good for me since I am on Boost with iffy coverage at home and I got throttled 2 weeks into the month. Now, I can watch YouTube again. I usually don't need a 720p picture anyway. No buffering to speak of at the lower resolutions now. I wish Netflix would allow this.

I assume this doesn't work if you're casting. Would be great to specify what resolution you want to cast...

I got the updated YouTube app on my HTC One M8. Luckily enough I'm still on unlimited data so I can watch as much YouTube videos I want it Amazing 1080p.

As for the question about people showing off 4k or even 2k videos on YouTube... Yes MKBHD records in 4k.
I will include a link below about his view of the 2k LG G3.
LG G3 QHD Display Review!: http://youtu.be/yAyR_YHEZ_c

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Haven't seen any content on YouTube that needs more than 720p, Netflix or amazon video are the types of places I think higher resolution matters
I don't have a 1080p option on my nexus 5 yet and honestly in don't care.
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Hi guys,
if anyne could help me with a problem.
When i open youtube i can only stream in 720p, but i have an xperia z1(1080p screen)
I don't understand.
Thanx!! :p