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Increase Your iPhone’s YouTube Video Quality by Using WiFi

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With YouTube on your iPhone 3G coupled with the 6GB data plan (and even the 500MB data value pack), it’s a great way to waste some time. However, have you ever noticed how the quality of YouTube videos vary depending on your connection?

How to Increase YouTube Quality on your iPhone 3G: Use WiFi!

I’ve had a few friends who are iPhone 3G newbies ask me, “why is YouTube quality so bad on the iPhone?” To answer this question is very simple as it comes down to the 3G network and WiFi.

It seems as though when the iPhone 3G is using network data, YouTube automatically knows this and in response the videos streamed are of lesser quality compared to using WiFi. So if you’re dying to watch a YouTube video in high quality make sure you’re streaming it over WiFi. The 3G video quality is almost laughable at times to be honest.

Just take a look at these examples below of YouTube HD streamed over WiFi and 3G. Can you tell the difference (trust me, it’s not hard!)?

Shaq and the Phoenix Suns:

You can barely even tell who is playing here…

So, for all you YouTube fanatics out there, how do you find quality over 3G versus WiFi? Personally, if I’m stuck somewhere and I’m bored to death, I’ll take 3G YouTube quality anyday instead of having no YouTube at all. Don’t you agree? 😉

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  • Joseph

    The YouTube video quality was a hot topic at Apple’s pre-launch events. The quality of the video is actually dynamic, meaning that if the signal strength improves the quality of the video currently being viewed will increase and, likewise, if the signal strength degrades, the quality of the video will as well to ensure that the video does not pause and make the viewer wait for the buffer to load.

  • Joseph

    The YouTube video quality was a hot topic at Apple’s pre-launch events. The quality of the video is actually dynamic, meaning that if the signal strength improves the quality of the video currently being viewed will increase and, likewise, if the signal strength degrades, the quality of the video will as well to ensure that the video does not pause and make the viewer wait for the buffer to load.

  • Kevin

    There’s a great application on the app store called Truveo, it will stream youtube and other videos at full resolution over 3g, I use it over the youtube app when I’m away from wifi. I hate how the youtube app over 3g looks so bad.

  • Kevin

    There’s a great application on the app store called Truveo, it will stream youtube and other videos at full resolution over 3g, I use it over the youtube app when I’m away from wifi. I hate how the youtube app over 3g looks so bad.

  • Rey

    I was wondering why the videos were so grainy. Did they do this just recently? Or has it always been this way? It is definitely laughable and I hate it. I’m on the 6GB plan and I would take quality over speed any day, given how blurry it gets on low quality.

    Thanks for the app recommendation Kevin, i’ll have to check it out.

  • Rey

    I was wondering why the videos were so grainy. Did they do this just recently? Or has it always been this way? It is definitely laughable and I hate it. I’m on the 6GB plan and I would take quality over speed any day, given how blurry it gets on low quality.

    Thanks for the app recommendation Kevin, i’ll have to check it out.

  • Tony

    It’s actually always been this way, this is a pretty old topic. I don’t mind the grainy-ness, if it bothers you find a hotspot to connect to or don’t use it at all.

  • Tony

    It’s actually always been this way, this is a pretty old topic. I don’t mind the grainy-ness, if it bothers you find a hotspot to connect to or don’t use it at all.

  • atlong

    I just use mxtube and can stream wifi quality through 3g. BOOM. fixed.

  • atlong

    I just use mxtube and can stream wifi quality through 3g. BOOM. fixed.

  • Thanks man, just what I was looking for. Thanks so much…

  • Guest

    Thanks man, just what I was looking for. Thanks so much…

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  • HOLLYROXTAR

    Just asking but if it was 4g would it be better? Please reply, thank you
    (because I just bought one and I feel like it was a bad idea)

  • song vazquez

    i was lookinf a solution on 3g speed, no on wifi everybody knows wifi is okay, i had a galaxys 4g on 40$ and youtube looks pretty much better (fast not tha fast) for 40$ is good plus 10$ internatinal call i replace mi sime cardto use it on a white 4s iphone and is terrible youtube it takes forever. on simple mobile, today i got black iphone 4s new number with 50$ 3g speed the latest plan and is the same, im going to buy a galexy again and give my white iphone to mi sister, thanks for the post

  • song vazquez

    somebody stole my galaxy s 4g thats why rightknow i have on iphone 4s but is terrible as i said, is and yescandy but i need a tool and a good looking phone so i will look on android again. not to mention the unjustified price

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