YouTube 5.7 now lets you select streaming quality from 144p to 720p

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 5, 2014

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Users with limited data allowances will appreciate the latest update to the YouTube Android app, which brings the ability to select the quality of video streaming.

Up until version 5.7, users of the mobile YouTube app could only pick between two options when it came to streaming quality – HD and non-HD. That’s fine for most users, but there’s no doubt that the web version offered more flexibility and transparency, by letting users choose between several resolutions, from 144p to 4K.

Google has fixed this inconsistency in YouTube 5.7 – instead of the HD/no-HD option from before, the new cog button now lets you pick the video resolution you prefer, between 144p, 240p, 320p, and 720p. There’s no 1080p for now, which is a bit odd given how prevalent Full HD screens are these days, but 720p quality is great nonetheless. There’s also an Auto option, just like on the web, which presumably picks the optimal quality based on your connection speed.

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The updated functionality could be a boon for users looking to save on their data consumption. The 144p option in particular should be far more frugal compared to the non-HD option from the past, albeit at a very low quality. But for those times when you must watch a video while on a data connection, 144p or 240p may just be good enough.

That’s the only change that’s visible in the 5.7 update, which is now rolling out to all users. If you just can’t wait, folks over at XDA uploaded the Google-signed .apk file for your sideloading pleasure. Enjoy!

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  • asd

    I dont even have the option

    • MasterMuffin

      You have to update it first

      • asd

        I did and I dont even have the option…everything is the same..ive got ace 2 cyangenmod kitkat

  • Guest

    I get 1080p on my Z ultra

    • MasterMuffin

      No you don’t :)

      • deamon

        your such a jack ass

  • Bryan Kwong

    I get 1080p on my Z ultra.

    • MasterMuffin

      Really? I have Nexus 5 and I don’t get it and neither does my friend with Note 3

      • Bryan Kwong

        I do

        • MasterMuffin

          Pics or not true :)

          • Bryan Kwong

            posted it just now sorry

      • Bryan Kwong

        Here it is

        • MasterMuffin

          Waaat? Maybe it’s only available for tablets and the app thinks that Z Ultra is a tablet?

          • Bryan Kwong

            not sure i don’t have anything else to test it on

          • I Came

            I dont have it yet either, Note 2 PA

      • MattS

        720p on Galaxy S4 as well… Going to try it on Note 10.1 as soon as I get home..

  • The feature I wanted the most! But the latest version available on Play Store is 5.6.17

    • MasterMuffin

      Sideload from the link at the end of the article

  • mpp

    Well about fucking time!

    • Kass

      Why everyone believes they are so increasingly entitled these days even for free services is beyond me. Talk about 1st world “problems”…

      • Bryce

        Shut the hell up.

        • Kass


      • Mozaik

        What free we have to see annoying ads after every 2 or 3 videos.

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  • Luka Mlinar

    Will it let me listen to music once i hit the power button? This is the only problem i ever had with this app.

    • Helper

      OGyoutube from xda and it doesn’t require root

      • Luka Mlinar

        Sweet, I’ll look into that. Thanks m8!

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  • udit

    Why dont we have 480p… Ipad has 480p

  • Maranello Santiago

    One video actually let me pick 1080p on my Note 3.

  • Stas

    In Italy app has not been still updated . Sigh.

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    OK! Nothing like someone’s F***ing cat in HD!!