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Control YouTube Video Quality and SAVE Bandwidth

YouTube has an inbuilt feature to control the video quality based on the bandwidth. Not only in the web version but it is available across all device versions such as Android, iOS, Samsung Smart TV, SONY TV, LG TV and even in Play Station versions.

Available quality settings depends on the device and the video you are playing. Below given list of all available quality levels supported by YouTube:
  • Auto (adjusts based on the available bandwidth)
  • 144p
  • 240p
  • 360p
  • 480p
  • 720p (HD, High Definition)
  • 1080p (FHD, Full HD)
  • 4K (UHD, Ultra HD)
If you have a limited data internet connection, it is advised to set the quality level not to Auto, set it based on your data plan.

Below chart will give a rough data usage based on the bandwidth:
SpeedBandwidth/Hour
1Mbps0.44GB
2Mbps0.88GB
4Mbps1.76GB
8Mbps3.52GB
8Mbps3.52GB
16Mbps7.03GB
24Mbps10.55GB
32Mbps14.06GB
50Mbps21.97GB
100Mbps43.95GB

Say you have 50Mbps connection and you watch YouTube in 1080p resolution, you will consume a maximum of 21.97GB data in an hour! You can reduce the data consumption by reducing the quality to say 720p.

Since YouTube has this feature, you don't need to worry much about the bandwidth usage. There are other video apps such as Amazon Prime, where there is no quality control option. Amazon decides the quality based on the internet speed but there is no option by which you can reduce the quality. If you have a 100Mbps connection and you are watching a 4K movie, you will end up consuming more than 100GB data in 2 hours time.
Is there any workaround for this problem? Don't worry, I have a trick by which you can even control how much data such services can use. Stay tuned for my blog post on this topic!

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