Manage Settings on the YouTube App on Android

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Google's YouTube app is one of the most used mobile applications in the smartphone world. With bandwidth and data getting cheaper and cheaper as the year's pass, it's no wonder more users choose video as their preferred medium. YouTube's app for Android is better designed for mobile devices than the mobile site, and because it's free, it's heavily used by millions of people every minute of every day.

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YouTube's app works with or without a Google account, the only restrictions when not signed is the ability to; comment, upload, and save. The app's settings remain pretty much the same whether a user is logged in or not. Properly managing the YouTube app's settings is essential for users that use the app regularly. Getting the most out of the app comes down to having your settings set according to how you use the application.

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In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to go through each settings category in detail. For this tutorial, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.

General

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    From either the home screen or app tray, launch the YouTube app.
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    Once the app is open, tap the account icon in the upper right corner, then tap "Settings".
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    From the Settings screen, tap "General".
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    The first option under General Settings is; "Remind me to take a break". To enable this feature, tap it, then edit the "Reminder Frequency".
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    Once you've set the reminder, tap "OK".
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    The second option inside General Settings is; "Limit mobile data usage". When enabled, You'll only stream HD videos while connected to WiFi.
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    This is ideal for users who are concerned about going over on their monthly data.
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    The third option on the General Settings screen is; "Double-tap to seek". Tap this, then set the interval (in seconds) for skipping through a video when you double-tap it.
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    The fourth option inside General Settings is; "Uploads". Tap this, then select either; "Only when on WiFi" or "On any network".
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    If On any network is selected, video content can be uploaded while connected to data.
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    The fifth option inside General Settings is; "Upload quality". Tap this, then select the quality for any videos you upload from your device.
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    The sixth option in General Settings is; "Location". Tap this to change your location.
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    Your location helps YouTube provide content based on your region/language.
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    The seventh option under General Settings is; "Restricted Mode". Enable this to help block mature content that may not be appropriate for children.
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    The last option inside General Settings is; "Enable stats for nerds". When enabled, users can view technical information on the YouTube app such as; dropped frames, frame rate, stream type, dimensions, etc.
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Autoplay

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    Open the YouTube app, tap the account icon in the top right corner, then tap "Settings".
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    From the Settings screen, tap "Autoplay".
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    The first option on the Autoplay screen is; "Autoplay next video". When this is enabled, a new video will play once the current video finishes.
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    The second option on the Autoplay screen is; "Autoplay on home". Enable this to allow videos to play (with no sound) while you browse your home feed.
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Watch on TV

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    Tap the YouTube app shortcut from either the home screen or app tray. Once open, tap the account icon in the top right, followed by "Settings".
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Watch on TV".
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    To use this feature, your TV has to have WiFi or be one of the supported SmartTV's listed on YouTube's help page. Your TV will be listed on the Watch on TV screen if it's supported.
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    If your TV has WiFi, you can connect to it by tapping; "ENTER TV CODE".
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    For additional assistance with the Watch on TV function, tap the "GET HELP" link in the middle of the screen.
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    Once on YouTube's help page, tap "YouTube TV Help Center". On this page, you can view the steps for connecting each supported TV.
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  • History and Privacy

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      Open up the YouTube app from home screen or app drawer. When the app launches, tap the account icon in the upper right corner, then tap "Settings".
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      From the Settings screen, tap "History & privacy".
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      The first option on History & privacy is; "Clear watch history". Tap this, then tap "CLEAR WATCH HISTORY" when the dialog box appears.
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      This will clear both the watch history and video recommendations from your device.
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      The second option on History & privacy" is; "Clear search history". Tap this, then tap "CLEAR SEARCH HISTORY" when the pop-up box appears.
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      The third option inside History & privacy is; "Pause watch history". To pause your watch history, tap "PAUSE" in the dialog box.
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      When this is enabled, you'll see fewer video recommendations.
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      The fourth option on the History & privacy" screen is; "Pause search history". Tap this, then tap "PAUSE" to no longer track your search queries.
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    Notifications and Captions

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      Access the YouTube app from your home screen or app tray. Once inside the app, tap the account icon in the top right portion of the screen, then tap "Settings".
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      On the Settings screen, tap "Notifications". Toggle the switch to receive notifications on video recommendations.
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      Back on the Settings screen tap "Captions".
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      Once on the Captions screen, toggle the switch to enable video captions.
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      From the Captions screen, you can select the language they are displayed in. Tap "Language", then choose from the list of supported languages.
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      You can also change the size of text for the captions. Tap "Text size", then make a selection from the Text size pop-up.
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      The third option on the Captions screen is; "Caption style". Tap this, then choose one of the available styles in the pop-up.
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