If you are not aware of adjusting the streaming quality when you are away from home. And do not have a WiFi connection, watching YouTube videos can significantly consume your rate data. Due to this reason, you must look at the quality of the videos before they are played. As otherwise, you may be in for a nasty surprise.
In case you didn’t know, YouTube adjusts the video stream’s quality by default according to your viewing conditions. As Google explains on the help page, to determine the default quality for you, the platform takes into account your connection speed. The size of the video player, or screen, as well as the quality of the original video that was uploaded.
Due to this, the videos you see on your mobile may be reproduced with high quality, with the consequent expense of your rate data.
To avoid this problem, YouTube is starting to test a new feature. That allows users to set the default video quality to their liking. This feature was first discovered last March by XDA Developers. And is now in beta and is starting to reach some people, as confirmed by Android Police.
As you can see below in the screenshots, some users already know the option Video quality preferences (BETA). It is possible to adjust the streaming quality depending on whether we are connected to the mobile network or WiFi.
It is a feature in the testing phase, so we will have to wait and watch it in the app’s mature version for all users.
Apart from this, YouTube simplifies the video stream quality selection to make it easier for everyone to understand. Thus, instead of the usual resolution data (1080p, 720p, etc.). It will soon begin to show others more comfortable to understand: Automatic, High Image Quality, Data Saver, and Advanced. This feature is also not available to everyone at the moment and will be coming soon.