Get HDR Support on YouTube on Any Android Device [No Root]

A simple guide on how to get the YouTube HDR Support on Any Android device. You do not root install this mod on your Android device. This method has been tested on devices like OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 and works fine without any issues. The videos that most of us watch on YouTube are SDR videos. SDR is short of Standard Dynamic Range. Not all the videos can be viewed in HDR, which is short of High Dynamic Range. A video has to be shot in HDR mode to be able to be viewed in HDR Mode on YouTube. Only a few devices such as Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note8 and Pixel 2 has the HDR mode available. In this guide, we will tell you how to get the HDR Video Support on your Android Device.

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What is special about HDR Videos?

According to YouTube, HDR videos show higher contrast and more colors than standard digital video. Viewers can watch HDR videos on an HDR TV. They can also stream HDR videos using Chromecast Ultra to an HDR TV. Viewers can confirm HDR playback when a video is played if they see an “HDR” badge along with player controls. When you try to view  HDR video on a non-compatible device, it is simply going to be viewed as a usual SDR video.

Necessary Downloads

Before you proceed with the guide, you need to download the below-mentioned APK files. We are going to use them in the guide:

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How to get HDR Support on YouTube

  1. Copy the two APK files which you have downloaded from the above section to your phone.
  2. Open a file explorer of your choice, navigate to the downloaded APK files and tap on them to install them as normal APK files. No root required.
  3. After making sure that you have installed both the files, open the recently installed YouTube app. Note: If you already had YouTube app installed, the one that you installed with this guide will be installed as a second app with same name ‘YouTube’. Make sure you open the one which you have installed in the above step.
  4. Once you are on the newly installed YouTube app, go to Library [the last tab on the bottom].
  5. in Library, you will see a ‘Sign in’ button. Tap on it. A small ‘+’ sign will appear, tap on it again.
  6. Now, type in your Google account details and sign into the app.
  7. After signing in, go to Library > Tap on your Profile Picture on the top right corner > then tap on Settings > iYTBP Settings.
  8. Once you are in iYTBP Settings > Tap continuously on the ‘About’ till you see the text ‘No need to click, hidden menu already opened’.Enable-YouTube-HDR-Support-All-Devices
  9. Now you will see ‘Codec Override’ menu at the top. Tap on it. Once you are in, select ‘Galaxy S8+’.
  10. Done, close and open the app once.

Now you should be able to view HDR Videos on your phone! Search for an ‘HDR Video’ and try playing it.

Note: Play the HDR videos in 1080p mode or else you will see a green line at the edge of the screen.

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