YouTube for Android makes watching portrait videos less painful


YouTube now plays in portrait. Screenshots: Android Police

If you want to enjoy a YouTube video in fullscreen on Android, you have to watch it in landscape mode, which makes watching videos recorded in portrait an even more horrifying experience. But thanks to the app’s latest update, portrait videos are ever so slightly more bearable.

Now when you make a portrait video fullscreen, it will remain in portrait orientation, and take up your smartphone’s entire display. That means you won’t have to avoid portrait videos anymore, and that rage you feel every time you see one should be somewhat suppressed.

You might argue that this will only encourage people to shoot portrait videos, and if that’s the case, then it’s sad. But to be perfectly honest, I don’t think it’ll make any difference; there will always be smartphone users who don’t realize their devices can be turned sideways.

How portrait videos used to look. Screenshot: Android Police

How portrait videos used to look. Screenshot: Android Police

Portrait playback is only available in YouTube for Android for now, though we expect it to make its way to iOS, too, later on.