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YouTube rolls out 4K HDR support for video streaming on Android devices


LAST UPDATED: Feb. 21, 2021, 9:54 a.m.

New Delhi (Anish Yande): YouTube has provided support for viewing 4K videos on mobile devices. Users would be able to stream videos in 2160 pixels on their Android devices. The new update would introduce streaming videos in 4K at 60 frames per second.

YouTube 4K HDR support for Android devices:

Android users used to stream videos in resolution of up to 1080p, which is Full HD resolution. This resolution is equipped with every smartphone and is the standard for streaming. YouTube had previously introduced support for 4K resolution on iOS devices. 

The new feature is a system-side switch feature. The feature was in beta testing and has been recently introduced in devices with Android OS. 

The option to switch to 2160p (4K) HDR resolution is available on the video quality settings on the YouTube app.  The new feature provides smoother playback and enhanced quality due to the HDR support. 

How to change YouTube video quality to 2160p60 HDR:

To check if you have streaming support of 4K HDR on your device, open the YouTube app and play any video which has been uploaded in 4K. Click the three dots on the top right corner of the video. Click on quality and the option for 2160p60 HDR should be visible. 

There are several options for changing the video quality. The second highest resolution under the video quality option is 1440p60 HDR. The lowest quality available on the app is 144p60 HDR. Users should make sure that their data or WiFi connection is fast and stable enough for the 4K HDR playback. 

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The feature was first spotted by tipsters and tested across several mid-range and premium smartphones. The latest version of the YouTube app on Android, which is version 16.06.34 includes support for 4K HDR support. The update was launched on February 18.

If users are not able to change the video quality, they should check whether they have updated their YouTube app. In case of any remaining updates, the feature would not be available. 

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