Previously when you watched videos on youtube it was cached by your browser with the same resolution. The same video was available when you watched in full screen with the same resolution. For instance, if you watched a video of 240p resolution, the same video was too available in full screen resolution with low clarity.
But with the recent update, if you watched a video of 240p resolution and when you watch the same video in full screen, the video will be streamed again with the resolution of your browser say like 720p or 1024p. Of-course there will be a huge difference in the video clarity. But it would squeeze up more internet bandwidth for the video to be streamed again.
Videos upto 460p resolution are FLV files, and videos from 720p resolution are MP4 files. And obviously MP4 videos are huge in size. But each of these videos are different in clarity. Now if you wanna save up your extra bandwidth and compromise with your video quality, you can easily disable this feature in the settings page. Just follow the instructions below.
- Login to your Youtube account.
- Go to Account settings and switch to Playback Setup
- Now in the Video Playback quality select “I have a slow connection. Never play higher-quality video.” and uncheck “Always play HD when switching to fullscreen (when available)“. See the image below.
- Save the changes and go back to your main page. See the image below:
That’s it, now whenever you watch a video in small player, the same resolution video will be available in full screen. Hope this might help you to save up your extra internet bandwidth!!!
What do you prefer, low or high clarity? Do share your views!!!