Speed-Up You(r)Tube


This post is dedicated to people with relatively slow internet connections and a craze for watching YouTube videos… does this ring a bell?

The infamous YouTube preloader that we all love to watch for hours on end.

Where I’m from, let’s just say internet is quite a luxury, while “fast” internet is much more of an impossibility; just so you get an idea of what I’m talking about, we are “The Best at Being the Worst”. Lots of people have been complaining lately about how they always have to waste time watching the pre-loader of a site (especially when it’s flash-based) as it loads, on, and on, and on, and on… Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz…

Well for all you “Tubers” out there, who aren’t blessed with a decent internet connection as per the worldly standards, YouTube provided a feature a while back where you can select the quality of the video that you’re watching; all the way from “low quality” (240p) up to full HD (1080p). Of course, going for lower quality means you’ll download the videos faster. So, in case you’re wondering how to take advantage of this, go ahead and load a YouTube video now and you’ll notice a few options at the lower right corner of the video frame. One of these options is the resolution of the video and will most probably say “360p” (this tends to be the default setting). All you have to do is click on it, a drop-down menu will appear where you’ll have the option to choose between different video qualities; select “240p” for the lowest quality but the fastest download time.

Go to 240p for the fastest download time.

I know this doesn’t fix your internet connection, but at least on a 256kbps or 512kbps connection, you might just be able to stream a full video without having to wait hours for it to download.

UPDATE: If you want to make your life a little easier as well, you can also download this add-on/extension for your browser (available for Opera, Firefox and Chrome), which can automatically always set the desired resolution for your videos to load in; the links are found below:

Add-on for Firefox

Add-on for Opera

Extension for Chrome

(Thank you Mirddes for sharing these)

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4 thoughts on “Speed-Up You(r)Tube

    1. Hey, I tried the Firefox extension, it’s not working (running Firefox 6); guessing it might need an update or something. And I’m not currently running Opera, but thank you for this, I’ll add it as an update in this post.

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