San Francisco: The YouTube app for Android now supports 4K HDR playback. 4K has been supported on iOS for quite some time. Now Android users can also watch videos in 4K HDR as long as these videos are uploaded at this resolution or higher and support HDR.
Up until now, Android users could only watch videos on the YouTube app at a maximum 1440p resolution. This was the case even if their display supported higher resolutions on their phones, and the video was uploaded in 4K. However, that has changed with the latest update for 4K HDR support.
Android users will now be able to see an additional option in video quality — 2160p (4K) HDR. This was first spotted by Android Police. To see if you’ve got YouTube 4K HDR streaming support on your Android phone, go to any YouTube video that has been uploaded in 4K and 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 lowest option is 144p60 HDR.
If you don’t see this feature, make sure you’re using the latest version of the app. You can check if there are any pending updates in the Google Play Store.