According to the reports, new video quality settings that will automatically change the playback resolution based on data use preferences are currently being tested by YouTube. The new settings dropdown, currently being tested in beta, would be a departure from YouTube’s current settings that allow users to select a particular resolution for streaming videos between 144p and 4K.
Auto, higher image quality (more data usage) and data saver are the options that the new menu would allegedly provide, along with an advanced option to select a particular resolution.
In addition, the YouTube video settings menu under testing, along with the latest selection of video quality options, would also define the current video resolution on top. And it will give users the option to choose different default settings for Wi-Fi and mobile data streaming of videos.
Allegedly, the options are being checked in beta version 15.45.32. At the moment, it is uncertain if YouTube will be rolling out this functionality in the coming days to more users. Also, the study does not clarify if the video quality settings menu will be updated globally for all users or limited to specific regions.