How to Watch YouTube Videos in High Quality Mode Automatically

(YouTube Help Articles – Article by Joe Tracy, copyright 2009)

Many people have high speed internet connections that load videos fast.  But when you view YouTube videos, YouTube always shows them in a default Standard mode that is far inferior to the high-quality mode. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could change it so that the default was always high-quality mode?

You can.  Here’s how.

Step 1: Log into your YouTube account.

Step 2: Once you’re logged in, click your Account link at the top of the page.

Step 3: On the left-hand menu, click Playback Setup.

Step 4: Select “I have a fast connection. Always play higher-quality video when it’s available.

That’s it! Now the default when you view YouTube videos will be to always see them in high quality!

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Hmm… was never aware of this settings before. My Internet speed is 384kbps and I doubt if the high quality mode would work for me (without interruptions). I will have it checked sooner! Thanks for the info.


Oh, that is a nice simple guide. Just the way I like it. Thank you, I will try and apply it to my Youtube videos as usually the ones I upload are very low quality and you can’t seem to see much. Thank you for notifying me of this feature.