Turn off HTML 5 Video Player in YouTube

If you visit YouTube everyday to watch your favorite videos, chances are that you are using the HTML 5 video player to play the videos. Some users of latest supported browsers are automatically entered in to the HTML 5 video player trial. HTML 5 is a new browser technology that allows YouTube to show videos without the Adobe Flash plugin. This sounds great but because it is in the trial state for YouTube, so it does not support all those features that the Adobe Flash version of the video player has. If you want to turn off HTML 5 video player, then you can do so easily using the following instructions :

  1. You must be logged on to your YouTube account before proceeding. If you are not logged on, then visit http://www.youtube.com/ and log on to your YouTube account.
  2. Next, point your web browser to http://www.youtube.com/html5 to open the HTML 5 Video settings for your YouTube account.
  3. Scroll down the HTML5 video setting page and you would find Leave the HTML 5 Trial link at the bottom of the page. Click on this link to turn off HTML 5 based video player for your YouTube account.

    Youtube HTML 5 Video Player

  4. If instead of the Leave the HTML 5 Trial you see the Join the HTML 5 Trial, then you have already turned off the HTML 5 video player for your account and you do not have to worry about it.
  5. If later you decide that you want to re-enable the HTML 5 video player, then you can follow the same steps and click on the Join the HTML5 trial link as shown,

    Youtube HTML 5 Video Player

The basic difference between HTML 5 and Flash video players for YouTube is that more features are supported by the Flash version of the video player. For example, you can watch videos only in resolutions 360px and above in the HTML 5 video player. On the other hand, the Flash video player supports lower resolutions like 240px which is great for slower internet connections. If you are unsure which version of the video player to use, just turn off the HTML5 player and use the Adobe Flash player.

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