YouTube for iOS has received a new software update that now supports HDR video playback for the iPhone 12 lineup. All that you have to do is download version 15.45.2 and the HDR playback option will become available on any iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max device.
YouTube 15.45.2 changelog doesn’t mention anything about this latest addition, but YouTube is known for issuing generic update logs: “Fixed bugs, improved performance, explored the edges of the known universe”.
How To Watch YouTube In HDR On iPhone 12
1. Download / update to YouTube version 15.45.2 or later. (direct link)
2. Open YouTube and browse for a HDR supported video. (Example: 4K 60fps in HDR )
3. Play the video.
4. Tap the three-vertical dots, available in the top-right corner of the video window.
5. Open the Quality setting and select the HDR video quality.
What is HDR?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is a video technique that delivers higher contrast. It allows devices to reproduce a greater range of luminosity that SDR (Standard Dynamic Range), thus ensuring premium image quality.
HDR and 4K aren’t the same thing. While HDR brings contrast to a new level 4K brings sharper images that are better defined. However, you need a 4K compatible device to be able to get HDR!
Are you getting YouTube videos in HDR on your iPhone 12? What’s your feedback. Use the comments section to share your thoughts.