The YouTube Android app will now gets an 4K HDR Streaming support. 4K support has been available on iOS for a while and now Android users can also watch videos in 4K HDR.
The feature was spotted by Android Police and appears to have gone live sometime in early. The company had enabled the new streaming option via a server-side update and now Android users will have the option of watching videos in 2160p or 4K.
To view the YouTube 4K HDR streaming support on your Android phone, simply follow the below steps to watch the videos.
- Select the videos that has been uploaded in 4K.
- click on the three dots menu icon on the top right corner of the video box.
- Select Quality and you should be able to see 2160p60 HDR as an option among other resolutions.
The YouTube Android app is now letting some users playback videos at up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, even if the device itself doesn’t have a 4K capable screen.
YouTube seems to have rolled out the new streaming option regardless of the screen resolution. For instance, if your phone has a 1080p screen, you will be getting the videos in 1080p only. However, if you select a higher resolution, the images will get better and sharper.
Google had set the resolution to 1440p for Android users even when the video was uploaded in 4k.
The Google Pixel devices including the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 come with 1080p displays but now they can stream 4K videos.
YouTube also confirms a few planned updates for its core products including YouTube itself, Music, and also YouTube TV.
In case you don’t see it, try grabbing the latest YouTube version from APK Mirror to make sure you’re not behind.
- YouTube has finally rolled out 4K support for Android users.
- Android users can stream up to 1080p or Full HD content because 1080p is the standard resolution on most smartphones.