I recently switched from Android to iOS.

I have installed an YouTube app from App Store on my new iPhone XS Max.

Now, when I'm playing any video on YouTube, the default max resolution quality is showing as 480p in video quality settings of the YouTube.

Therefore, I'm not able to watch the higher resolution videos in higher resolution.

Question :

  1. Is there any extra setting that I have to make in iOS 13 to enable watching videos at higher resolution as I'm not finding it anywhere ?
  • 1
    Are you on WiFi? If not, have you unchecked “Play HD on wi-fi only” in YouTube settings?
    – JBallin
    Jun 8, 2020 at 5:06
  • @JBallin I'm using Wifi. I have unchecked “Play HD on wi-fi only” in YouTube settings. Still Not showing.
    – Anish B.
    Jun 8, 2020 at 5:08

1 Answer 1


I'm guessing you are using Youtube App from India.

Keeping in mind the increased load during the lockdown, they have capped the maximum quality of streaming at 480p.

You can check out this link for further confirmation.

The workaround to resolve this issue is by using VPN.

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    Then, why I'm able to play the videos in 720p from my android device ?
    – Anish B.
    Jun 8, 2020 at 6:43
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    It must have something to do with your location settings for that device, I turn location tracking off for my iPad and can play videos in 1080p.
    – Ayush Garg
    Jun 8, 2020 at 9:24

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