YouTube playback resolution limit - Workaround

  1. Barman58's Avatar
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    YouTube playback resolution limit - Workaround


    For some time now due to the high bandwidth that is being used, [due to the numbers of homeworkers, because of Covid lockdowns], Youtube has set it's page to default to a low resolution to control bandwidth.

    This resets the resolution used by the AUTO setting and started out at really low settings or 240 and 360 which made what I use youtube for, [ demos and tutorials ], impossible to read - it has now started to select 720 for some streams which is more acceptable.

    If you find that the bandwidth is affecting the reading of the content, you can override this setting manually in the settings panel
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    However, if you want an automatic solution there are a number of extensions available for Chrome that will always set your playback to the highest available I use Auto HD/4k/8k for YouTube™ - YouTube™ Auto HD though there are a number of other options available on the extensions page [chrome://extensions/ ]

    The resetting of the auto setting will hopefully disappear as the pandemic reduces it's grip but for those who prefer to stay in control the extensions are a good option
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  2. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    I like Enhancer for Youtube, it also blocks ADs and forces MP4/H264, plus a few other things.
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  3. Barman58's Avatar
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    Enhancer for Youtube is currently unavailable in the available extensions, at least in US & UK markets - It's a good option if you can get it
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  4. Callender's Avatar
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    NTSP (New Tab start Page) extension works for me in Edge Chromium.

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  5. Jacee's Avatar
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    Barman58 said:
    Enhancer for Youtube is currently unavailable in the available extensions, at least in US & UK markets...
    Apparently it is available.....

    YouTube playback resolution limit - Workaround-image.png

    ...at least, I did nothing special to add it to Edge, except to enable extensions from other sources like the Chrome Web Store (which is where I got it from).

    Enable or Disable Allow Extensions from Other Stores in Microsoft Edge
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