I have Chrome, version 76 as of writing this, on Windows 10, all updates installed.

I have 2x 4K displays, one Asus MG28U and one Samsung U28E590. I have set my Nvidia 1060 graphics card to display in 4K, 200% font sizing.

All this works wonders. I have crystal clear 4K text and graphics in all applications, including Google Chrome and websites.

Except for one thing, when I look at Youtube videos that has both 4K in the title and also this 4K small label, the quality choices go up to 1080 and no higher.

Youtube video with 4K label

Youtube video quality choices, no 4K option

Is there a trick to enabling this? I tried to see if changing font scaling to 100% enabled it but that does not alter this outcome.

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YouTube has removed the option to set your preferred video quality during playback.

At the moment it is only possible if you use some extension, add-on or plugin. Please have a look at the Chrome Extensions under "YouTube HD".


You should also check whether your system supports the VP9 codec. (It is what YouTube uses since it is royalty-free).
If it doesn't, the video will be downscaled.

  • I wouldn't think this had anything to do with preferred video playback quality as 4K isn't even available to me. Also, according to this page, VP9 should be supported on my system, but it also mentions Edge. I tried the same video as I showed examples from in my question and sure enough, Edge allows 4K. I guess Chrome doesn't allow it though. I will check out that extension. Aug 22, 2019 at 15:28
  • After looking over the extensions and checking the rights they require I think I'll resort to using Edge when viewing Youtube. Aug 22, 2019 at 15:30
  • Ho hum. I have no idea what happened but after checking 4K support in Edge, Chrome suddenly gave me the options as well, guess it thought I was checking out the competition. Must've been some odd configuration on my computer or whatnot. Aug 22, 2019 at 15:31
  • @LasseVågsætherKarlsen Glad it worked out. "...guess it thought I was checking out the competition" I just loved this concise, very concrete, well documended, scientifically tested way of thinking. hehehe. You made my day. :) Thank you. Aug 23, 2019 at 3:34
  • It helps to anthropomorphize my computer, much easier to explain that he's just being stupid, instead of me having done something stupid. Which of course never happens. No sir. (spills coffee) Aug 23, 2019 at 6:54

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