How to Change Video Playback Settings to Save Network Bandwidth in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off playback settings to save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolutions when using Windows 11. When you’re streaming videos wirelessly or using Miracast, playing different refresh rates on multiple monitors can cause your video display to malfunction.

Using Windows playback settings for apps that use Windows built-in video platform, you can control how these apps playback videos to automatically enhance the videos being played.

Apps such as Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which include Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu) can use Windows playback settings.

When you set up Windows to play video at lower resolutions, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware).

Below is how to turn on of off video playback settings to save network bandwidth in Windows 11

How to play video at lower resolutions to save network bandwidth in Windows 11

As mentioned above, When you’re streaming videos wirelessly or using Miracast, playing different refresh rates on multiple monitors can cause your video display to malfunction.

Below is how to change video playback settings to automatically enhance the quality of the video and also save network bandwidth by playing videos at lower resolutions in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its Settings app.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps > Video playback tile to expand it.

windows 11 apps video playback

On the Apps > Video playback settings pane, toggle the button to On or Off to save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution when using Windows built-in video platform.

windows 11 save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution

If you’re having issues with video playback, see Troubleshooting poor video playback.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable playback settings to save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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