YouTube has finally allowed Indian users to stream HD and FullHD videos on mobile networks. This move comes after YouTube restricted the streaming quality to Standard Definition (480p) for the YouTube app in India in March, this year.
YouTube officially did this in order to reduce the strain on mobile networks during the initial phase of the lockdown. However, India was not the only country affected by this move. The YouTube app was also limited to standard definition streaming in Europe.
As a Google spokesperson said:
“We announced that we were temporarily defaulting all videos on YouTube to standard definition in the EU. Given the global nature of this crisis, we will expand that change globally.”
Google brought some good news for users in July 2020 when it lifted the ban in India and users were finally able to stream videos at 720p and 1080p. But, there was a catch: for that, you need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can still watch high definition videos on the web version of YouTube.
Today, YouTube has finally made it possible for users to stream 720p and 1080p videos on their mobile app even when they are on mobile data. The changes have been seen in the YouTube app. You will now see the 720p and 1080p options available when you tap the Settings icon inside the YouTube app. This means that you can enjoy HD content on your phone again, even on a mobile network.