How to Enable Stats for Nerds on YouTube (PC, Android, and iPhone)

In this post, you’ll see the steps to enable and use stats for nerds on YouTube.

Here, I’m using PC, Android, and iPhone. Let’s get started.

PC

For the YouTube desktop version, this feature is enabled by default, and you can’t turn it off.

Here’s how to use it:

Go to YouTube and open the video you want.

Now right-click on the video, and you will see the “Stats for nerds” option. Hit it.

Android or iPhone

First, you need to turn on the “stats for nerds” in the YouTube app to use it. Let’s see how to activate it.

Open the YouTube app.

Tap your profile picture at the top right > Settings.

Tap “General,” which you can find above “Autoplay.”

Now you can see “Stats for nerds” (if you’re on iPhone) or “Enable stats for nerds” (if you’re on Android). Hit it.

Note: If you want to turn off stats for nerds, then hit the above-mentioned “Stats for nerds” (if you’re on iPhone) or “Enable stats for nerds” (if you’re on Android) option.

Let’s see how to use it.

Open the video you want. Tap on the video and then hit the three vertical dots on the top right.

Now you see “Stats for nerds.” Hit it.

What is “Stats for Nerds” on YouTube?

This feature displays the following information in the pop-up about the video you’re watching (these are the pieces of information you see on the desktop version of YouTube):

Video ID / sCPN – The former is the YouTube video ID, whereas the latter is a specific playback instance code.

Viewport / Frames – The former represents the video player’s resolution, while the latter represents the current frame you’re viewing.

Current / Optimal Res – The first is the current video resolution, while the second is optimal.

Volume / Normalized – The first is the current volume, and the second is the normalized volume.

Codecs – The compression codecs of the audio and video.

Color – It displays the color range.

Connection Speed – The speed of your device’s network.

Network Activity – This shows the data transmission from the YouTube servers to your device.

Buffer Health – This shows how much buffering YouTube performs.

Mystery Text – No one knows for sure what it is. But it seems like the video playback status, amount of time video played, and the rest is regarding buffer.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • This feature is primarily for troubleshooting.
  • Note that there is no shortcut for this feature.
  • Click (or tap) the X icon to close the pop-up.

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