Daily Tip: How to view High Quality YouTube over 3G

Trying to figure out how to watch high quality YouTube videos when you're on 3G? The iPhone is a great device for watching videos on YouTube. However, if you're on the go, the built-in YouTube app reduces the quality of the video to save data.

One common way of bypassing this quality-reduction is by jailbreaking and using an app like My3G, but what if you're not on #teamjaibreak? Luckily, there's a work around that works on any iPhone, and all it requires is the stock Safari web browser.

  1. Open Safari
  2. Navigate to m.youtube.com

  1. Find the video you want to watch
  2. Select "HQ"

  1. Tap the thumbnail

  1. Watch YouTube in its HQ glory.

BONUS: You can add the web app to your homescreen to replace the default YouTube app by pressing the +, and then "add to homescreen"

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  • I don't if it's just me, but mobile YouTube seems to load videos a LOT more quickly than the YouTube app. Does anyone else notice this?
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  • Does the native app still have to re-encode each video? in which case it should take longer if it does...
  • I see that too, the web app is better in many ways. Apple really needs to update some of their core apps
  • The problem is that the iPhone still prefers to open those apps, so clicking on a YouTube link can frequently jump to the YouTube app.
  • Well you kinda can. You can click on "share video" then when it opens the email, copy the link, and paste it into your SMS to your friend. That way the link will open with the YouTube app like normal.
  • Click "share video" and copy and paste the link into your SMS message.
  • Yea the high quality button doesn't exist anymore on safari. What can we do now? This seems really stupid of YouTube to limit phones by putting us in a back in the day YouTube limitations.