YouTube Restoring HD Video Quality for Wi-Fi Users in India

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Back in March, YouTube capped the video high quality to SD (480p) on telephones in an effort to cut back server load throughout the preliminary phases of the lockdown. At the time of the announcement, the corporate mentioned the restrictions will probably be in place for 30 days. However, YouTube didn’t fairly take steps to reverse the change. Well, that’s lastly altering in the present day.

YouTube customers in India have observed the flexibility to play HD movies. There’s a catch, although. HD streaming is on the market solely on WiFi and has not been restored for customers shopping the app with cell information.

I checked YouTube playback this morning on my cellphone and it really works simply as I discussed above. In my testing, I used to be capable of play 1080p movies when related to Wi-Fi, whereas the video was nonetheless capped to 480p on mobile information, as you possibly can see within the picture under.

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I reached out to a good friend for some readability within the state of affairs and observed that sure movies are nonetheless on 480p regardless of being related to Wi-Fi. The similar movies have been restricted to 480p on my gadget as nicely, which hints the corporate has not fully lifted the restrictions.

It is price noting that YouTube just isn’t lifting video high quality restrictions based mostly on YouTube Premium subscription. I’m not subscribed to YouTube Premium and was capable of play HD movies.

Either method, this may come as a reduction to anybody who was disenchanted with video high quality on YouTube. After being spoilt by crispy 1080p movies, I couldn’t stand grainy 480p movies on YouTube. In reality, I needed to accept workarounds to get the identical expertise.

It is nice to see that YouTube is lastly restoring HD video streaming on its platform. Presumably, the corporate must be reinstating HD video playback to cell customers as nicely within the coming weeks.

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