Version 5.7 of the YouTube Android app introduced the ability to select precisely which quality level you want to stream a video in, as long as that level was 720p or lower. Even then, the options skipped from 360p to 720p. Since that release, users have apparently started to see 480p appear in between the two. Not only that, 1080p has shown up as well.


We haven't been able to get the settings to load on our devices, but some of you have reported having better luck. This means that Google is testing the additional options, but the company isn't yet ready to roll them out to everyone. Nevertheless, that means it's coming in the future as long as testing goes well.

To try things out for yourself, load up a YouTube video and click on the gear icon to select which resolution you want to stream. Feel free to report back to us with whatever you find.

Thanks, Joshua Worth!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Fasd

    I received an update to YouTube yesterday... Maybe it has something to do with that?

    I also received an update to Maps and G+....
    I was surprised it was on on Android Police...

    • Tomáš Petrík

      It was "not" on AP? (typo)
      Yeah, I got updates of these 3 as well.

    • joser116

      Same. Also, I've had 480p for while.

    • Fasd

      *not on AP

      • joser116

        You could have just used the edit button.

        • SSDROiD

          To be fair, Disqus is chock full with issues, so I'm not at all surprised he didn't figure that out...

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I just hope Google allows HD force play on non-HD devices. I have some 540p and 480p phones, and 360p youtube videos simply suck.
    I enjoyed playing HD youtube videos on my Lumia 521, which has a 480p display.

    • joser116

      They should really let us set a default resolution for the desktop website. I have an excellent WiFi connection and it always plays 360p. I have to manually switch it to 1080p, which plays fine without any buffering.

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        • David Li

          Have you seen the permissions for that?

          • Imparus

            Yes it have 2 permission and it need those to do it, same for the rest of the addons that does the same like magic youtube as an example.

        • joser116

          I have a similar extension already that allows me to always play 1080p, but it does not work for embedded videos.

      • SSDROiD

        While I wasn't able to choose pixel-specific quality, in my YouTube settings there is a check-button for "Play HD automatically". It chooses 720p and not 1080p, though, which bothers me, but it doesn't go for 360p... Have you checked your settings? :)

        • joser116

          Of course I have. I already have that option set. There are 2 problems.
          1) The "Play HD automatically option" is only for fullscreen playback.
          2) It chooses 720p over 1080p in fullscreen is another problem in itself.

          I want it to play HD not only in fullscreen. Preferrably 720p when not in fullscreen, and 1080p in fullscreen. Heck, why not 1080p at all times. Fortunately I found an extension that allows me to set that option. However, it only works in the YouTube site, not for embedded YouTube videos.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I'm still waiting for 48 hour offline play Google promised almost a year back.

    • Fasd

      I hate to say it.... but I think that feature is "cancelled"...

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    • q

      Download the video and you get 24/7 offline play.

  • Cesar

    Just tried it and I have a 480p option. No 1080p on my Moto X though.

    • Tom Harman

      same here on nexus 5

    • firesoul453

      Moto x doesn't have a 1080p screen

  • Joey Colclough

    These are my options in my Note 3. http://imgur.com/l0Up7QR

    • cabbieBot

      embed code doesn't work, brah. gotta actually upload from a local drive. even then it is kind of wonky.

      • SSDROiD

        The image he posted is working perfectly on my end, both on my Note 3 and desktop?

    • SSDROiD

      I have a Note 3 as well, and I don't have 480p or 1080p. I hope testing is quick and easy, because I want 1080p Full HD playback on my gorgeous screen haha :D

      • Joey Colclough

        The quality difference is noticeable going from 720p to 1080p. To be honest I expected no discernable differences, god knows how good videos will look when 1440p becomes the flagship standard assuming the quality option is given.

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        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Wow, 240p videos on a 1440p screen... I'd like to see the pixelization on that onr

          • Da Fuq

            There is no pixelation, only a blurry picture.

  • Derek B

    The options are showing up for me on my 2013 Nexus 7 and rooted Note 3.

  • Nes

    360 and 720 only for me. And other lower resolutions.

  • blahmoomoo

    Kinda weird that 480p wasn't an option earlier... it's a good compromise for 720p if you don't have the bandwidth for some reason (i.e. peak times) without the moderate fuzziness of 360p.

  • firesoul453

    NOw we need to be able to adjust playback speed.

    • joser116

      And also to rewind the video for 10 seconds, a la Netflix app. And better scrubbing of long videos, and also have it remember the last playback position.

      • SSDROiD

        That and more precise skipping, like Play Movies & TV app. And thumbnails. In fact, I want the YouTube app to gain exactly the same features the latest Play Movies & TV update got :P

        • joser116

          I already mentioned more precise skipping in my previous comment. And what do you mean about thumbnails?

          • SSDROiD

            Oh, I misunderstood you there. From the changelog of Google Play Movies & TV, it says "Precise seeking" and "10 second rewind" as two different things, that's why I wanted to mention both there :) And by thumbnail I mean that if a video is very long, using my finger on the video scroller and seeing thumbnails of the video would go a long way to making it easier to find a 15-second spot in a 2-hour video :P

          • joser116

            More understandable. Just saying "And thumbnails." doesn't say much.

          • SSDROiD

            Hahaha, I realize that now, sorry about that :D

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The best thing about YouTube 5.7.38 is the endless scrolling through the My Subscriptions list. In the previous versions it always stopped at a certain point so you had to manually browse through the channels in search of new content and if you missed any

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Seems to be the first time I got a feature that wasn't rolled out to everyone. 480p in every video, though I guess Google somehow found out that's the best setting for me considering my 225 KB/sec max download speed, haha.

    • Chris Pereira

      How i have the m8 and all that shows up is 480p and the rest 1080p isnt there yet

  • Kevin Aaronson

    I have it too. Galaxy s5.

  • Greg Kobey

    I'm one of the lucky few to get the full 1080p on YouTube... Feels good

  • Simon Belmont

    I never understood why 480p wasn't an option previously. I could understand limiting it to 720p for data consumption concerns (and, until the last year or so, the fact that most screens weren't at or over 1080p in resolution, anyway).

    But 480p seemed like a really nice compromise between 360p and 720p, if you're feeling the bandwidth crunch. Also, why not let us just choose a DEFAULT resolution, Google? That would be much more useful, IMO. Just my two cents.

  • Maranello Santiago

    1080p has shown up for me randomly. (Note 3)

  • ashutos jain

    480p popped up for me - Galaxy Nexus

  • Daniel Pogue

    Was able to see both 480p and 1080p on My Nexus 5

  • Sky

    Would be awesome if Google be so kind to do a 60fps playback option.. :/

  • Pretzel Kleo

    Video: Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know (Religion Remix)
    Channel: Proximity

    I just got the option on that one.

  • evil_INDEED

    Nada on my 2013 N7. I'm always in the last wave for EVERY SINGLE THING GOOGLE rolls out, so I don't expect it any time soon. Although 100% stock, still have not receieved the 4.4.3 OTA.

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  • Mario

    On my Lg G pro lite i have 480p as the max resolution

  • http://gamenology1.wordpress.com/ Ahnaf Mahmud

    Only up to 360p on my Xperia M 4.3

  • Felipe Barousse

    This is what I have on my Nexus 7 2013 lte with KitKat 4.4.2 (still, sad to say) and YouTube app recently upgraded via OTA to 5.7.38

  • http://blog.animestudio.fr RevengeOfShadow

    480p and 1080p are longer to come, probably because YouTube only supports DASH for these one (new streaming method), which is probably not implemented in YouTube App.

  • James134

    Hi.. I just uninstalled updates on YouTube then updated it again and hey presto... Setting show 1080p resolution

  • Shinydude100

    I've been having all possible options on quality for quite a while on my own videos, probably because they're optimized and in full HD for YouTube since day 1.

  • Mayoo

    "There was a problem with the network". FIX THE DAMN THING DAMMIT.

  • Drago

    Ugh. Too bad now the TV queue doesn't pop up when I add video when using the Chromecast.

    Come on, Google. That was fixed a while back and now it's broken again.

  • Evan

    I have the option of 1080p and 480p on my HTC one max.

  • Dave

    what is 480p? damn we are 2014 and this still sits there! remove it already! anything less than 1080 is just clutter to me. good that there are userscripts and so on that remove this nonsense

    • Vorastra

      Then your realised how stupid you comment was.

  • Siam Si

    Before Update, I was able to watch 720p videos. After update, I'm now stuck with only "360p" max. :'(

  • Raymond

    I can't play 360 or 480p videos why I'm on latest version of YouTube and have a latest smartphone which is the galaxy s5 any help??

  • Arief Iskandar

    these are my options in my lenovo a606....the quality looks terrible