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YouTube India is finally allowing HD streaming on cellular networks

YouTube India is finally allowing HD streaming on cellular networks

Back in March, when the world was trying to adjust to a new online-focused lifestyle, video streaming platforms, including YouTube, decided to cap the video quality to spare some bandwidth for the more important stuff. As things eased, those restrictions were removed in subsequent months in most countries, except India. After more than seven months, YouTube is, at last, getting rid of the 480p resolution cap for its app users connected over LTE.

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YouTube caps streaming quality at 480p in India due to coronavirus

YouTube caps streaming quality at 480p in India due to coronavirus

YouTube and many other streaming services have lowered their bandwidth utilization to prevent possible network congestion problems due to everyone staying home and using the internet more than usual in these trying times. For many, YouTube videos start playing at 480p or 720p automatically, but it's still possible to manually select a higher resolution. According to XDA Developers, Google has taken a more drastic approach for some regions in India and has started capping streaming quality at 480p for those using the Android or iOS app, with no option to go higher manually.

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YouTube's default video quality will drop to standard definition 480p for everyone

YouTube's default video quality will drop to standard definition 480p for everyone

According to a report by Bloomberg published earlier today, YouTube will start limiting its streaming video quality by default, bumping everyone in the world down to "standard definition" quality — or 480p. However, higher resolutions/definitions will still be available for manual selection.

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