YouTube App Adds HDR Support for iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Over the weekend, MacRumors forum users noted that the most recent YouTube App update added HDR support for the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. YouTube has supported HDR on its iOS app since the iPhone X but has required updates to support new hardware.


To check to see if you are watching YouTube videos at their highest quality, you can simply press the three dots on the top right of the video, and you should see "HDR" options listed on supported videos. HDR options are also only be available on devices released since 2017 that have OLED displays (so that excludes all iPad models and the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR).

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5 weeks ago
It only took them a month to add HDR support for new iPhone 11 but I still hope for 4K support
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5 weeks ago


It only took them a month to add HDR support for new iPhone


It’s taking Apple even longer to fix my Reminders, so yeah...
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5 weeks ago


I thought that the X and XS had HDR displays too?

They do, and it’s been supported on those phones as well. Updates came out after release of those phones. Each new phone requires the app be updated, so this is just adding the new 11 models to the mix.
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4 weeks ago
No thanks. I can block ads on YouTube in safari, but not in the app. Unless there is a way I don’t know about.
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4 weeks ago
Quick tip.. to see the HDR option you need to also watch a video that has been encoded as HDR. It’s not a standard option for all videos.
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4 weeks ago


I always wonder what’s the point of this? Because their is no way a phone display has the brightness to properly or effectively show HDR content, it surely is nothing more then a marketing gimmick?

The 11 Pros hit 1200 nits peak HDR brightness, in case you didn’t know.

And since the point of high brightness is for high contract ratio, OLED displays don’t need as high of a brightness as LCD displays do, due to being able to display true blacks. None of the LG OLED TVs even reach 1000 nits, and yet they’re still among the best HDR TVs.
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5 weeks ago
I’ve noticed that YouTube tends to update their app pretty much every Sunday
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4 weeks ago


How do you do that? I have Purify for my Safari browser but I think I still see ads for YouTube if I remember correctly.


I use Wipr in Catalina and 1blocker legacy on iOS. I haven't seen an ad before videos in a very long time.
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4 weeks ago


Does ipad air 3 supports HDR ?


As answered above, no. You really aren’t missing much though on these devices. It’s noticeable only in a very dark environment imo and doesn’t deliver anywhere near what a decent tv does. Wide colour is far more significant of the two, which yours has.
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5 weeks ago


Nice new feature! I’ve noticed that YouTube tends to update their app pretty much every Sunday

It’s not exactly new the app just needed to be updated for the 11 if you read the article
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