YouTube Seems To Have Lifted The 480p Video Restriction For Its Mobile App In India
While YouTube hasn’t given clarity on this matter yet, it seems like you’ll now be able to watch “clearer” YouTube videos on your smartphone in India. Although, at the time of writing, it seems like this will only work for users using WiFi to access the internet on their mobile devices.
To limit data consumption and help operators manage the upsurge in bandwidth consumption due to the COVID-19 outbreak, YouTube had limited video quality to 480p for its mobile application in India. This was done to reduce the load on the internet infrastructure in a country where 85% of the 265 million monthly users access YouTube with their smartphones.
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Unfortunately, what seemed to be a temporary restriction went on for a period of over 3 months.
But it seems like YouTube has turned on the switch for 1080p streaming for mobile users. Although, it’s important to know that this only seems to work on devices that are connected to the internet via a WiFi connection. This is something I can personally confirm after having tried the same on multiple devices.
Mashable India has reached out to YouTube for a comment on this development and we’ll update this story if we hear back.
Similar to YouTube, even OTT platforms such as Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix had complied with COAI’s request to reduce streaming quality to reduce the load on internet service providers in India. But according to a report by Medianama, Netflix had lifted restrictions on video bitrate last month itself.
If you make use of a mobile internet connection to connect to the internet, it seems like you’ll have to wait a bit more for the 480p restriction to lift. If you don’t want to, you can also make use of a VPN to bypass this restriction. If you don’t have access to a premium VPN service, we suggest you first understand what a VPN is and the possible risks associated with using them.
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