YouTube App Now Supports HDR Videos On iPhone X

If you’re an iPhone X user and a fan of YouTube – and really, who isn’t? – then you’ll be as pleased as punch to learn that Google has started to roll out support for HDR content via Apple’s flagship smartphone.

First noted by users on social networks, the feature appears to be rolling out to users currently.

HDR, or High Dynamic Range allows video content to display richer, brighter colors and while not all video on YouTube is set up to display the additional information required for HDR to work, there are plenty of videos and dedicated HDR channels to check out including the aptly named The HDR Channel.

To try HDR out on your iPhone X you need to select an appropriate HDR video, tap anywhere on the screen and then tap the three dots towards the top-right corner of the screen. Here you’ll see an option for Quality which, once tapped, should show options including 1080p60 HDR. Tap that, and you’ll be sure that you’re watching full 1080p HDR content in all its glory.

The Super Retina display included in the iPhone X is the first HDR OLED offering to be used in any of Apple’s smartphones, and while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as well as newer iPad Pros are also listed as being HDR-capable, their screens are incapable of offering what some would call a true HDR experience due to the limitations of the displays being used.

That being said, if you put them beside an iPhone 7 for example, users would likely see an improvement when viewing HDR content. For now, though, if HDR is what you’re looking for, the iPhone X is where you’ll find it.

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