- YouTube has resumed 1080p streaming in India on mobile networks.
- The 1080p streaming was resumed for Wi-Fi networks back in July.
- YouTube had capped streaming to 480p resolution back in March.
YouTube is now streaming videos in HD quality that maxes out at 4K on mobile networks in India. The streaming platform had put a restriction on video resolution back in March when people were forced to stay at home and work. But now that people are moving out of their homes, and going to their offices, there is less strain on mobile networks, which is why HD and 4K videos are back on YouTube for smartphones.
YouTube had capped streaming at 480p resolution in an attempt to decongest bandwidths and prevent the networks from getting overburdened. This restriction was imposed on both mobile and broadband connections. However, YouTube relaxed this move by allowing high-quality videos (up to 4K resolution) on Wi-Fi and broadband connections on smartphones in July.
Mobile phones in India can now play the highest supported resolution on cellular networks. So, most Android phones will be able to play 1080p videos while some of them can play 1440p videos. Recent iPhone models, such as iPhone XR and iPhone 11, running iOS 14, can play up to 4K videos on mobile networks now. We were able to play 4K videos on iPhone XR and 1440p videos on Oppo Find X2 Pro on both Airtel and Jio networks. But you might not get this resolution right from the start because this is still a metered connection.
YouTube's relaxation on video streaming on mobile phones, however, is coming with a long delay. This restriction by YouTube was imposed for its streaming service in several countries, but that lasted only a few months. However, in India, YouTube only felt the need to lift this restriction on broadband networks by July. It was somehow not convinced that India's cellular companies will be able to support the high volumes of data that might begin to relay when users watch 1080p or 4K videos on mobile phones.
Although the streaming caps are now removed, it will not be surprising if restriction kicks in again in future should there be any more lockdowns, when people will start relying on their mobile networks more than ever.