INTRO: Back in March, YouTube capped the video quality to SD (480p) on phones in an attempt to scale back server load during the initial stages of the lockdown. At the time of the announcement, the company said the restrictions will be in place for 30 days. However, YouTube didn’t quite take steps to reverse the change. Well, that’s finally changing today.
Youtube Brings Back HD Video Quality For Indian Users On Wifi Streaming
YouTube users in India have noticed the power to play HD videos. There’s a catch, though. HD streaming is out there only on WiFi and has not been restored for users browsing the app with mobile data. we checked YouTube playback this morning on my phone and it works even as i discussed above. In my testing, I used to be ready to play 1080p videos when connected to Wi-Fi, while the video was still capped to 480p on cellular data, as you’ll see in the image below.
I reached bent a lover for a few clarity within the situation and noticed that certain videos are still on 480p despite being connected to Wi-Fi. The same videos were limited to 480p on my device also , which hints the corporate has not completely lifted the restrictions.
No Video Quality Restrictions supported YouTube Premium subscription
It is worth noting that YouTube isn’t lifting video quality restrictions supported YouTube Premium subscription. I’m not subscribed to Premium and was ready to play HD videos. Either way, this is able to come as a relief to anyone who was disappointed with video quality on YouTube. After being spoilt by crispy 1080p videos, I couldn’t stand grainy 480p videos on it. In fact, I had to settle for workarounds to get the same experience.
It is good to ascertain that the application is finally restoring HD video streaming on its platform. Presumably, the corporate should be reinstating HD video playback to mobile users also within the coming weeks.