Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in several countries and regions, Google restricted the streaming quality of YouTube videos to 480p. The decision was taken by Google help reduce the drastic increment in the load on mobile networks due to lockdown. It is worth noting, that the aforementioned restriction was only applied for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Users were still able to stream high-resolution content on desktops, laptops, and TVs. The restriction was rolled out in a phased manner and by the first week of April, it was imposed on every smartphone user. After roughly three months Google has now lifted the restriction but there’s a catch.
If you want to start enjoying YouTube videos in 1080p quality on your smartphone then continue reading.
Stream 1080p YouTube Videos On Android And iOS Smartphones
As mentioned above, Google has now lifted the 480p max resolution restriction. In order to stream 1080p content on YouTube, you must be connected to WiFi all the time. It’s still impossible to stream 1080p videos using 4G mobile data.
After countless requests from both content creators and viewers, YouTube has finally offered the ability to stream Full-HD videos but using WiFi only. Similar to other updates, the ability to stream 1080p videos will be rolled out in phases. However, sooner or later all users will receive this update.
In order to update the YouTube application simply open Google Playstore on your smartphone. Next up, locate and open the “My apps & games” section. Lastly, select the YouTube application and tap on the update button.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, YouTube even demonetized several videos that were based on the Covid-19 topic. Do share your thoughts and opinions on the restrictions imposed by Google in the comments section below.
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