YouTube caps video quality at 480p on smartphones for some users

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YouTube caps video quality at 480p on smartphones for some users

Mar 31, 2020 08:26 IST

According to reports from users, YouTube has begun to limit video quality at 480p resolution for some smartphone users on both iOS and Android. With a large portion of the world population at home due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a significant spike in Internet usage has been straining networks, slowing them down thanks to a sheer lack of bandwidth. While several streaming services, including Netflix have capped video resolution in India, some users of the YouTube smartphone app are reporting being able to only stream videos at a maximum 480p resolution. The restriction doesn't seem to be concerned with whether you're connected to WiFi or mobile data, and won't give you an option higher than 480p. It's worth noting that the limit doesn't extend to non-mobile devices--the same users can still access the highest available resolution for a video through iPads, laptops and PCs.

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