YouTube now lets you play videos in 4K resolution on Android devices

As you know, YouTube allows you to watch videos in high quality up to 8K resolution. However, resolutions above 2K were not available in YouTube’s Android app until now. 

Today, Android users have encountered new options in the resolution settings of the YouTube videos they watch. The Android app of the video platform started supporting 4K resolution video, albeit a little later than the iOS app.

As of now, you will be able to watch a video uploaded in 4K resolution in YouTube’s Android app as uploaded by selecting the 2160p option from the resolution options even if you don’t have a supported device. You also have the opportunity to play 4K resolution video at 60 frames per second. 

Of course, to fully experience YouTube’s 4K resolution, you need a smartphone with a 4K display. However, if you choose 4K in resolution options, there is a noticeable increase in image quality. With the innovation coming to the Android app, we can expect the prevalence of 4K videos to increase.

iPhone and iPad users, on the other hand, started to experience 4K on YouTube months ago. With the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 operating system versions, they could use Google’s VP9 video encoding system. The future of 4K support to the Android application has recently emerged. 

Support for 4K video playback in YouTube’s Android app is not available for selected users. The feature is available to all Android users, regardless of the country they live in, the account they have and the model of their phone. Just find a video uploaded in 4K resolution to try the feature and experience a different video experience.

Written by Jordan Bevan


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