How to Save Network Bandwidth by Playing Video at a Lower Resolution on Windows 11

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When you watch movies or stream videos, you want to get the highest possible resolution. However, if you have a bad internet connection, this can be a problem. Some apps detect a weak network connection and automatically play the videos at a lower resolution. However, not all apps can do this. As a result, you may not be able to stream the video. Windows 11 has a setting that allows you to save bandwidth by playing videos at a low resolution. This tutorial will address this and show how to save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution on Windows 11.

Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution Feature

This in-built feature in Windows 11 is handy. This is because not every app you use to stream videos will be able to adjust bandwidth automatically. If you turn this feature On, it will allow you to stream videos without any buffering issues.

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Settings

Step-1: Click on the Windows icon on the taskbar.

Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution

Step-2: Click on the Settings cog. (You can open Settings using the shortcut keys Win + I as well)

Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution

Step-3: In the left pane, select Apps.

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Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution

Step-4: Click on Video playback.

Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution

Step-5: Turn the toggle switch on to Save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution.

Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution

Turn on Save Network Bandwidth Feature in Registry Editor

You can use the Registry Editor to turn this setting On as well.

Step-1: Open the Run box by using the shortcut keys Win + R.

Step-2: Type regedit and press Enter.

Run Box

Step-3: You will be asked, do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? Select Yes.

Step-4: Enter the following path and press Enter:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings

Registry Editor

Step-5: Right-click in the right pane and hover the cursor on New. Select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Create DWORD

Step-6: Name this new DWORD as AllowLowResolution.

Low resolution DWORD

Step-7: Double-click on this new DWORD.

Step-8: Enter 1 in Value Data and press OK.

Save Network Bandwidth By Playing Video At A Lower Resolution

Step-9: Restart your system.

I hope this helps. Let us know in the comments below.

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