How to always play YouTube videos in HD – automatically!

by Klaus on October 19, 2010

in Guides/How-To

Why settle with low quality 360p or 480p quality on YouTube if your broadband connection can easily stream in HD? And why settle with manually selecting “720p” (or better) each time you want to stream a YouTube video in HD? Well, you don’t have to. Here’s how…

First make sure you’re logged in to YouTube with your account. If you don’t have a YouTube account, just login with your Google account (Gmail etc.), that should work too. Then click on your username in the upper right corner of YouTube and select “Account”, like this:

Now you find “Playback Setup” in the menu and you tick both “Always choose the best option for me based on my player size” and “Always play HD when switching to fullscreen (when available)”. Remember to save changes.

The next time you full-screen a YouTube video which is available in HD, it will start playback in HD instead of that lousy 480p.


Also read: YouTube Tip: Link to Specific Timestamp in Video

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