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By default YouTube chooses quality settings based on the internet connection, but that's not always accurate and often I have to switch from 720p to 1080p because YouTube decided 720p is best.

I'm also aware of some extensions, but most of them allow you to choose a preset quality instead of highest available quality. This means that if I choose 4k as default, when 4k is not available then the extension gets confused and doesn't choose anything.

I'd like to be able to always have the highest possible setting regardless of what YouTube thinks of my connection and which settings are available.

  • If you found a solution, add it as an answer. Don't include it in the question. – ale Feb 23 '17 at 14:35
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"Turn off Lights" is a Browser Extension that allows you to do this.

It is available for most of the browsers out there.

If you do not want to use extensions, you can check out GreaseMonkey Scripts. Ones like YouTube+ support this feature.

Default video quality

Set your preferred video quality and the player will load by default the selected quality or closest to it if the chosen quality is not available.

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