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While watching videos in browser it shows me options of 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and so on. But on YouTube app for Android I only see option of HD/HQ (I assume its High Definition / High Quality).

How can I watch videos in 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p on YouTube app?

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You can't. Those quality settings only apply to the desktop version. Mobile apps use a different set of videos, which are already optimized for mobile devices, and have two different quality settings, regular and HD.

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The years have passed since the OP asked the question. Since then things have changed. It is possible to select the quality of the video.

When playing a video, click the 3-dot on the right top corner. Select Quality, then choose the video quality.

Note: Some video qualities will be shown if your device can't handle them.

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I just found a modified version of the official YouTube version 4 app, it has an option to let you choose the preferred quality

Choosing preffered quality easily

Official XDA threab, credits goes to xda member Osama Ghareeb

Please note that this app is built on the fourth version of the official app and the latest version is 5.

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