YouTube for Mobile Restricts Maximum Video Streaming Quality to 480p In India.


Coronavirus has affected the world in the worst way that any other issue affected in the past. Out of many things, the tech industry has been affected the most due to this ongoing pandemic, which led to the cancellation of many significant events such as MWC 2020 and Google I/O 2020. Well, as people are advised to stay in their homes as far as possible, the majority of the people are aggressively using the Internet to stay updated with the latest information and for entertainment. 

Due to this high usage of the Internet, the majority of the streaming services had decided to lower their quality proactively to ensure to safeguard their servers before it collapsed due to overloading. In the same move, YouTube has also announced to restrict the video streaming quality of 480p in India. However, it allows users to switch to the higher resolutions if they want but limited the video streaming to 480p by default. 

As of now, YouTube has already restricted the video streaming quality to 480p on its Android App in some parts of India. This restriction is enabled even on those videos which have been uploaded in higher resolutions such as 4K. As if now, this restriction has been enabled in almost every part of the country. These restrictions have been enabled irrespective of your internet connection and speed. Also, its worth noting that this restriction is also applied to YouTube Premium users. 

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Well, this restriction hasn’t been imposed on Desktop. We have been freely using YouTube without such limitations on YouTube. Just like it was before, YouTube on Desktop starts from as low as 1080p on a good internet connection. 

Well, if we talk about this restriction, YouTube has not yet commented on anything on these new restrictions. Well, as from the user’s perspective, although this decision has been made in the interest of the general public to avoid load on the Internet, 480p is quite a harsh decision. They must have gone with atleast 720p, which is a better mediator. Well, we expect that YouTube will raise the bar to 720p in the coming weeks, but that’s not guaranteed. 

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