Last week, YouTube had reduced its default video quality to standard definition (SD) on mobile networks due to increasing concerns regarding Internet bandwidth, as the global shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic has limited everyone indoors. There has been a huge increase in Internet use with people at home almost worldwide, creating questions about networks slowing down due to the lack of bandwidth. Now, while streaming sites such as YouTube and Netflix have already lowered their default video quality to ease the tension, YouTube now seems to have gone a step further. YouTube has been stated to restrict the quality of video on its mobile application to a maximum of 480p now.
According to XDA,
Such restrictions seem to be rolled out regionally, with most studies concentrating on Mumbai and Delhi, although cities such as Bangalore and Gujarat areas so far seem to be free of these restrictions (although they may very well have the same restrictions in the hours and days ahead). Regardless of your internet access and its capacity, the limits are in effect and it doesn’t matter if you’re on cell broadband (4 G LTE) or Wi-Fi. Apparently the ceiling is still in effect for youTube Premium users.
Meanwhile, mobile videos on YouTube appear unchanged, even starting at a decently high 1080p by default on the same network.
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