YouTube 60 FPS HDR videos capped at 480p (unable to select higher quality) on iOS app

YouTube, the video platform owned by Google, is currently the most popular in its segment.

YouTube is committed to accessibility through almost all types of internet speeds. One of the options that allow this is the video resolution adjustment.

The YouTube video resolution can be adjusted to different levels ranging from 144p to 8K. The option is available both through the website and through the YouTube app.

However, currently iOS users are facing an issue on YouTube app where 60 FPS HDR videos resolution is capped at 480p (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

YouTube 60 FPS HDR videos capped at 480p on iOS app

According to multiple reports, YouTube app for iOS is capping 60 FPS HDR videos at 480p resolution. YouTubers are unable to select higher video resolutions, which affects video quality.

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60fps HDR videos are capped at 480p on my iPhone

So recently i got an iphone that has the the ability to view hdr content and I had no problems viewing them without any issues. But recently i found out that the videos i watched earlier without any quality issues are now capped at 480p, and i can’t increase the quality of them before that i could watch them in 4k without any problems. This only happens with 60fps hdr videos regular hdr videos are ok.
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Videos capped at ‘480p60 HDR’ on IOS

My YouTube is stuck at 480p; but in a weird way. So, basically; 60fps videos without HDR have no problem going up to 1080p/4K but, 60fps videos with HDR are capped at 480 for some reason when they could previously handle ‘2160p60 HDR’. I’m on an ‘iPhone 12: Pro [MAX]’ btw, also; 60fps HDR seems to work on other non-IOS devices just fine but, refuses to work here for some reason.
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It’s worth pointing out that the issue only affects 60 FPS HDR videos. This type of videos offer a wider dynamic range that allows you to enjoy better image quality on devices whose display supports it.

Currently, users can change the non-HDR videos resolution to the maximum available without issue. Also, as the issue only occurs in the YouTube app, the HDR video resolution can be increased from a web browser.

YouTube team working on a fix

The YouTube team is already aware of the issue and is working on resolving it. However, there are no details yet on an ETA for a fix.

Our Creator Support team is already working on this! We recommend checking your inbox and continue talking to them since they’ll have the most up-to-date info.
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We will update this story once new developments related to the matter emerge.

NOTE: You can also check the YouTube bugs/issues tracker.

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