youtube no option for 144p and 480p and 1080p when using tethering on phone [ANSWERED]

When I open youtube to watch any video, and I am connected to the WiFi in the house, I get all the quality options available to me: 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p, and occasionally original (usually reserved for 4K resolutions?)

However, when I use my phone's 3G/4G and wirelessly tether that to linux, I do not get all 6-7 quality choices. 144p, 480p, and 1080p are missing. shows tethering 4G to my computer shows a 3-8 Mbps down with ~70ms latency. the WiFi in the house is CenturyLink DSL, and can get as fast as 1.5Mbps with latency ~50ms at best, it can sometimes get very slow and I am forced to switch to tethering my phone's 3G/4G.

Also, it is worth noting that the 360p quality appears more compressed, The amount of "boxiness" (MPEG reduction) is annoyingly high. (poor quality) While the phone is in 3G, I can't even watch 720p quality, the lowest quality that allows one to make out a faces in the video. It does not appear to be Chrome, the browser I'm using or flash video, as it is also true with the HTML5 player. 

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-max- (author) 3 years ago

Google has finilly adressed the issue and have fixed it.

MatthewL -max-3 years ago

Not in my case bro,...Im still getting 144p on my laptop but not but only 240p on my desktop....same video and both tethered to my 3g mobile phone.

Your 3G/4G service provider may be throttling Youtube thus limiting your available streaming resolution. Cell phone providers have been known to throttle the speeds on certain sites.
-max- (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago
On 4G, youtube works just fine on 720p, and speedtests objectively show why, but that does not explain why some quality options are completely missing, as if they do not exist.
This on every video you look at. Not all video options are available for all videos. Many people don't have cameras that can do more that 480.
-max- (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago
ideos that would otherwise yield all resolutions available only yield the options stated in my question. This includes Vsauce, CrashCourse, Scishow, EEVlog, and many other subscriptions of mine.
Since it's going through your phone the site may be serving up a mobile version of the site. Check the URLs and see if there is a difference.
-max- (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago
I do not think this is the case, as there it is still, rather than The switch is to the mobile version is what the mobile browsers do.