On an android phone, using Firefox, I access the YouTube.Com website.

But for resolution control, I am content when YouTube delivers "m.youtube.com". I know how to force FireFox to solicit the desktop version.

I note that the desktop web page (during video playback) allows me to adjust the video resolution with the settings/gear, but when using the m.youtube version, I have no means to adjust the playback. I am also aware that I could log into YouTube/Google, and record my resolution choice.

For privacy reasons: I choose not to use the YouTube application; I clear retained info on closing FireFox; I avoid the desktop webpage on my android phone since everything gets ridiculously tiny, and; I do not log in to YouTube or Google.

  1. Does anyone know of a way to force the resolution low (rather than auto) on m.youtube.com?
  2. Does anyone know of a way to view the resolution that youtube delivers on m.youtube.com?
  3. If I play one video on the standard desktop and select a particular resolution setting there, will it carry over to subsequent views on m.youtube.come ?

I note that:

  • The m.youtube site does not have a resolution selection in the settings section of the vertical-3-dots
  • On video playback, the m.youtube does not provide a gear on playback.

Thanks !

  • You could try using NewPipe if you aren't willing to use the official app. This lets you choose the quality level. – Kyle Applin Jun 25 '18 at 14:02
  • I had wanted to avoid apps, altogether, for this purpose. I will look-see at the referenced app, in any case. Thanks – John Jul 4 '18 at 2:21

Had the same problem and just figured it out. I hope the pictures work!


  • Photos are not searchable as "answers". While I believe that you believe these images are an "answer", I similarly believe that this technique should never draw traction as an "acceptable answer for stackexchange.com". Please take the few moments to solidify your answer as TEXT. – wbogacz Jan 9 '19 at 22:49
  • Hmm. I wonder if that is an amendment to the interface on the desktop, since I originally wrote the question. – John Jan 12 '19 at 0:42

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