YouTube has finally enabled HDR video support for the iPhone X. The streaming content provider can now provide 1080p HDR videos for the flagship iPhone which has had a HDR display since its release. For those that don’t know, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and provides amazingly accurate colors and depth of those colors. Both the iPhone X as well as the iPad Pro lineup have HDR displays.
Youtube has been rolling out support for HDR video for sometime now for Android with several devices supporting it such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup, the Razer Phone, and Google’s Pixel 2 lineup.
In order to assure that you are getting the HDR video, on your iPhone X, play a HDR video then pause it. Tap the overflow menu (the three dot menu) and select the resolution 1080p60 HDR. Then enjoy. This is the type of video content that Apple had in mind when it put the OLED Super Retina Display into the X.
The feature appears to be a cloud-side change so if you aren’t seeing the HDR option yet on your iPhone X, give it a few hours or even a day or two. Like most Google services, changes like this roll out reasonably quick so the wait shouldn’t be too long now that it has been released.