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Minimize mobile data usage in the YouTube app


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If you like to watch YouTube when you’re on the go, there’s an easy way to reduce the amount of cellular data YouTube can use.

Streaming video in high definition uses much more mobile data than watching in standard quality, and it’s not like you need to watch a cute cat video in 1080p to get hit right in the feels.

Take advantage of the “Limit mobile data usage” setting inside the app which forces YouTube to only stream HD video when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re using cellular data, videos will automatically stream in standard quality, saving you big time on data usage. Even if you typically remember to switch to standard when using the YouTube app, we’d suggest turning on the toggle just in case.

If you have a YouTube Red subscription, go one step further and download full videos and playlists to avoid using mobile data altogether.

Get the run-down in our quick two-step tutorial below.

Step 1

Open the youtubeapplogo YouTube app , tap the ic_more_vert_black_24dpOptions button in the top right corner, then tap Settings.


Step 2

Tap General and enable Limit mobile data usage. That’s it!



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