Apple has added a new VP9 codec to the iOS 14 for iPhone and iPad which means it can stream 4K videos on the YouTube app. Despite the fact that your phone has a 4K display or not, you can play 4K videos on your iPhone running iOS 14. Here is a small guide to help you play 4K videos on YouTube on your iPhone or iPad.


This new VP9 codec is only available on the iOS 14 so your iPhone should be running the iOS 14. Since the iOS 14 isn’t out yet, you have to install the beta version of the iOS 14 on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t want to install the beta version of iOS 14 then you can wait for the final release.

We won’t recommend you to install the iOS 14 beta on your primary phone as well. You can try this on a secondary phone but if you want it on your primary phone then you need to wait for the final iOS 14 release.

How to Play 4K YouTube video on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the YouTube app and make sure it is updated to the latest version.
  2. Play a video that is uploaded up to 4K on YouTube.
  3. Tap the video to bring up playback controls and other options.
  4. Tap the three-dot menu and select quality. There you can tap 2160p to playback video in 4K quality.

Wrapping up

This is how you can play 4K videos on YouTube on your iPhone or iPad. It is not available to all the iPhone users by now but if you already running the iOS 14 beta version then give it a shot.

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