One of the biggest caveat that most Indian users faced during lockdown was YouTube reducing default streaming quality to just 480p on the mobile app to “help ease internet traffic”. It was promised to last for just 30 days but it has been months and most users like me have been frustrated because mostly people watch YouTube on their mobiles.
People, who love streaming at HD resolution, have been using VPNs and avoiding the app since lockdown mostly but this seemed boring and frustrating as well. While most countries were restored to HD quality, it took around 112 days for YouTube to bring back HD streaming to its mobile app.
But there’s a catch for now as only YouTube mobile users who use Wi-Fi to stream video can only watch HD quality video while who are using mobile data to use the YouTube app will have to wait for the restrictions to get lifted.
I checked it out and found out this seems to be true, with Wi-Fi you can stream up to the highest resolution as that your smartphone supports on Wi-Fi but when it comes to mobile data, you’re still stuck to 480p max resolution.
Obviously, this restriction getting eased can be good news for most YouTube mobile users out there as you can watch your favourite videos at HD quality with Wi-Fi without using any VPN. Also, in the coming days or weeks, you can expect YouTube to lift the HD video playback restriction on using mobile data as well.
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