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YouTube Adds 720p60 & 1080p60 Video Option to iPhone / iPad

Last updated: July 1, 2015 at 21:16 pm

Last year, YouTube introduced 720p60 and 1080p60 video playback support to its video player. You could watch these videos only on the Google Chrome browser, but this year – with the new iOS update – YouTube’s high-quality videos are working on iPhone and iPad as well.

If you have recently updated your iOS YouTube app, you will notice a couple of changes. One of the main addition is the 720p60 / 1080p60 quality in the settings.

Let’s take 720p60 as an example. When you activate this, you can watch a high-quality video streaming at 60 frames per second (60fps). And what are the benefits of 60 FPS? We have a couple of them:

  • Videos with lots of movements and motions will appear clearer
  • Videos that were blurry will appear clearer
  • Videos that looked chopped up or pixelated will appear clearer

In short: With 720p60FPS / 1080p60FPS, your viewing experience will be much better compared to the normal video quality (360p, 480p) with the normal frames per second. As the video resolution is higher, you can enjoy a blur-free video experience.

Change YouTube Video Quality To The New 720p60 / 1080p60 On Your iOS Device

To get started, go to your App Store from your iPhone / iPad and look for the YouTube update under the Updates menu. If the app is already updated, open the application and browse through the videos.

Tap on the settings button at the top-right and change the video quality from 240p, 360p, 480p to either 720p60 or 1080p60. Note that not every video supports this quality.

Just as a demo, here is one video with highest resolution and frames per second. Watch this on your iPhone / iPad and change the quality to either 720p60 or 1080p60:

You will notice the video, when watched in 720p or 1080 with 60 FPS, has better action rate and the animations are much more smoother. If you want to compare, head over to this page and you will clearly notice the difference in using 24fps, 48fps, 60fps frame rates and how they stack up against each other.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware