If you frequently watch YouTube on your iOS device, it’s time to give the app an update. Google has finally updated its YouTube app for iOS, bringing support for full-screen vertical videos; say goodbye to annoying black bars that shrinks the actual video down so much, you can’t actually see a thing.
Right now, whenever you watch a vertical video, YouTube will try to make it a horizontal video by putting black bars on both sides of the video. On top of an unsightly interface, those black bars also makes the actual video look small. With the update, you can finally watch a vertical video as it is on your iOS device.
Bye bye, black bars. 👋
Now the YouTube player on iOS will automatically adapt to the shape of the video you’re viewing! pic.twitter.com/4jzJ6nPj4G
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 19, 2017
With the update, vertical videos will take up the entire width of your smartphone. The empty space below will be used to display things like the video’s description. If you tap on the full-screen icon located on the bottom right corner, the video will fill up your device’s display in vertical orientation.
The new support for vertical videos is an update on YouTube’s server side, and should be live by now. Don’t be fooled by video’s like this that are uploaded with black bars at the side by default.
(Source: The Verge)