YouTube has added the ability for users of its Android app to watch videos in 4K quality, with iOS users having had the option to do so last year.
Youtube has started rolling out the feature allowing users to watch 4K content on its Android mobile app. The option even appears on devices that don’t support 4K content. The feature was rolled out to YouTube’s iOS app late last year.
LG was the first company to release a 4K UHD (3840×2160) TV back in 2012, but its price was way beyond the reach of the average viewer and there was minimal content available anyway. Gradually, however, more 4K TVs and displays were produced with prices dropping as a result and 4K support began to be added to various streaming services. Amazon and Netflix, for example, added support for 4K to their streaming services in 2014. YouTube actually added support for 4K in 2010, although it was not listed in quality options on the desktop before 2013. Until last year, however, its 4K content was only visible on 4K TVs and computer monitors. After all, smartphones with 4K displays have only been popularized in recent years, with Sony only launching the first in 2017.
Spotted by Reddit user u / Liskowskyy and first reported by XDA Developers, the option to watch 4K content now appears in the YouTube Android app’s video quality options list. Users see options up to the newly added resolution, which is listed as 2160p60 – and 2160p HDR for videos shot in high dynamic range. While only users with devices that support 4K content can take full advantage of the new option, users of lower resolution devices can choose to watch 4K content and will experience improved sharpness.
How to use 4K on YouTube for Android
Choosing to watch 4K video on Android is equivalent to choosing to watch other video quality levels, such as 1080p or 720p. There are, however, a few points to note. Firstly, videos are less likely to be available in 4K as most videos are not yet shot in 4K, although increasingly so. Second, users will need a fast enough internet connection – 4K videos are much larger than standard HD videos and therefore take longer to download.
With all of that in mind, all users need to do is download the YouTube app for Android and navigate to a 4K video like this. Once the video loads, tap the ellipsis menu in the top right corner. This will bring up a number of options and selecting the “ Quality ” option will allow users to select 2160p60 or 2160p HDR settings, along with a host of others. On the desktop, the option remains selectable via the adjustment gear wheel.
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Sources: Reddit / u / Liskowskyy, XDA developers
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