How To Enable HTML5 Video Player on YouTube

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There has been much discussion about Flash Player and how secure it really is, recently. And keeping your self secure is a huge. The real trick is that most of your browsers can play videos using html5 without the need to install adobe flash player.

HTML5 also lets users take advantage of the VP9 codec which YouTube used to showcase 4K streaming video at CES 2014. This codec from Google reduces bandwidth by 35 percent, allowing for wider access to 4K and HD at 60FPS videos. Videos also start anywhere between 15 to 80 percent faster according to YouTube engineering manager Richard Leider.

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YouTube is already making the change, and allows users to opt-in to its HTML5 video trial. That allows users to view videos using  HTML5 capabilities only. HTML5 has already replaced Flash as default player on YouTube, but if you don’t have it enabled by default you enable it on this link .

If you encounter any problems, right-click on the player and choose “report playback issue”, or let us know on the user support forums. Your feedback will help us continue to improve the player.

Supported Browsers

Many browsers support both the video element in HTML5 and either the H.264 video codec or the WebM format. These include:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Apple Safari