YouTube HD streaming has brought back 720p and 1080p or even higher streaming to its mobile app for users in India. During the initial stages of the lockdown, Youtube announced that streaming quality on the app in India will be restricted to SD (480p) to save Internet bandwidth. However, HD streaming is only applicable when watching videos on the app using Wi-Fi and mobile data viewing is still restricted to SD quality.
Why Youtube HD streaming restricted?
Youtube announced that streaming quality on the app in India will be restricted to SD (480p) to save Internet bandwidth while lockdown. But now had streaming is available on Youtube after a time span of around 3 months. This development is for all YouTube users and not just the YouTube Premium subscription holders. This means everyone should be able to view videos in HD on the app. As of now, the Google-owned service has not made any official announcement for the same.
Youtube Desktop version is able to stream videos in HD or even higher quality while restrictions are only imposed on mobile users only. The SD streaming restriction was imposed in March during the initial coronavirus lockdown to save bandwidth. Not just YouTube, but other streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar had also done the same.
But, now that YouTube HD streaming is available when connected to Wi-Fi, and maybe mobile data users able to stream in HD quality soon.