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How to fix bad video quality and YouTube quality in Google Chrome? (4 Easy Ways)

Many users are watching daily videos on their favorite video platforms such as YouTube, Dailymotion, etc. And all the video contents are coming from a company or individual that uploads videos (or just a single video file) to that video platform. But it is possible that the video watcher does not get the correct video quality, and then you see these pixelated and crummy blocks on your screen. And that can happen to all Google videos in your Chrome web browser. Even if you download the video file with this low quality. Here how to fix bad video quality in your web browser.

Steps to fix how to fix the bad video quality

1. Update your Google Chrome web browser

The best feature of the Google Chrome web browser is that it updates automatically in the background when you browse on the internet. However, you can force the update checker by following the steps here below:

  1. Open your Google Chrome web browser and click on the 3 dots icon, and select the menu item Help, and select the item About Google Chrome. A new page will show up in your tab strip. But you can also open this page manually by typing this address Chrome://help in the Omnibox.
  2. Then it automatically checks if you are using the latest version, and if not it updates and installs this directly that new version. When done, Click Relaunch after the browser update.

2. Check the video resolution settings on YouTube

To get automatically the highest video quality, you can use the free and most popular Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension (also available for other web browsers). And enable in the Options page, Basic tab the AutoHD feature.

How to fix bad video quality - YouTube AutoHD feature
Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension Options page – Basic Tab

It is one of the best ways on how to fix bad video quality on your YouTube videos. You can choose manually for your chosen video quality (140p, 240p, 360, 720p, 1080p, 4K, 5K, 8K, Highres), or you can select the Highres option. This to get the highest quality of that video content.

How to fix bad video quality - YouTube AutoHD quality
Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension Options page – AutoHD qualities
YouTube Tutorial video on how to get automatically the highest video quality

The AutoHD feature is not available for the mobile web browser such as on your iOS and Android. This browser extension is only available for the desktop web browsers.

3. Disable the Hardware Acceleration

When you are playing a video it is possible you see a green screen or flashing elements. Or your video is stuttering when it is playing in your Chrome web browser. This is often caused by the Chrome hardware acceleration. You can enhance this video experience by disabling the Hardware Acceleration feature in the Chrome settings page.

Here the steps on how to disable the Hardware Acceleration in your Google Chrome web browser:

1. Open your Google Chrome web browser, and click on the 3 dots icon.
2. Click on the menu item Settings.

How to fix bad video quality - Hardware Acceleration

3. The Chrome settings page shows up in a new tab, and at the bottom of the page click on the link Advanced.
3. Scroll now down until you see the topic System.

How to fix bad video quality - Hardware Acceleration System

4. And here you can disable the Hardware Acceleration feature.
5. Restart your Chrome web browser to finalize this setting change.

4. Website video file issue

This is very rare. And it is sometimes possible, that the source where you watch that video file is damaged or the link is broken. Or the terms of service removed that video file from his video platform. So then it is best to contact the owner of that website to report this file issue. That he or she possible violate one or more term of service guideline that makes the company remove his video. And you can try to search on your favorite search engine, and see if that video name is visible in your search results. Then you can watch that video from that official source.

Now you can enjoy back the comfortable video experience you wanted. That such as video hosting on YouTube. If you find it useful you can share the link on Facebook or share the link on Twitter. So your family, friends, or colleges can know about how to fix bad video quality.

Bad video quality FAQ

Do the steps work also for my other Chromium web browser such as Microsoft Edge?

Yes, the Microsoft Edge web browser uses the same engine like the Google Chrome web browser. And is using also the Chromium engine. So the steps are the same to successfully solve this video quality problem in your Microsoft Edge web browser.

Can I choose the video high definition quality I want to see?

Yes, you can choose manually the high definition quality you want to see. You can choose between 720p, 1080, 4K, 5K, and 8K.

Is there an option to block YouTube 60 fps?

Yes, if you install the free and most popular Turn Off the Lights Browser extension you can disable all the 60 frames per second YouTube videos.

Do the AutoHD works also for the YouTube embedded video player?

Yes, the Turn Off the Lights browser extension is for all websites, and automatically change the YouTube embedded video quality to your preference.

Did you find technical, factual or grammatical errors on the Turn Off the Lights website?
You can report a technical problem using the Turn Off the Lights online technical error feedback form.

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