How to watch 4K YouTube videos on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

How to watch 4K YouTube videos on iPhone iPad

Do you want to watch YouTube videos that are crisper and sharper? Look no further! Here, I will share how to watch 4K YouTube videos on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. From hardware to software requirements, I have listed every parameter you need to play 4K YouTube videos on Apple devices.


  • Streaming 4K videos requires fast and reliable internet. So, use Wi-Fi for the best experience unless you have a generous cellular data plan.
  • Not all YouTube channels create or upload videos in 4K.
  • Since iPhone and iPad screens are not 4K, you won’t notice a difference between the content in 1440p and 720p.

    How to watch 4K YouTube videos on iPhone and iPad

    1. Launch YouTube → Access any video that supports 4K resolution.
    2. Tap the Settings icon → Select Quality.

      tap settings icon, select quality in youtube
    3. Here, tap Advanced → Select 2160p to enable 4K video.

      Advanced, 2160p

    Note: This works well for manually created YouTube playlists as well.

    How to watch 4K YouTube videos on Apple TV 4K

    1. Ensure your Apple TV is running on tvOS 14 or later.
    2. Launch the YouTube app → Play a video.
    3. Using the touchpad, hit the three-dot icon from the top-right corner.
    4. Now, select Quality → Choose 2160p if available.

    That’s it! You can now enjoy watching YouTube videos in 4K.

    How to AirPlay 4K YouTube videos

    In addition to streaming YouTube videos in 4K on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, there is another way to streamline this process.

    1. Launch YouTube and play a 4K video on iPhone and iPad, as we discussed above.
    2. Tap the screencast icon → Select AirPlay & Bluetooth devices.
    3. Now, choose one of your available devices.

      tap screencast, select airplay and bluetooth devices, choose your device in youtube

    AirPlay works seamlessly for devices running with the same Apple ID. Also, you can repeat the same for Android TV. Simply connect both devices with the same Wi-Fi network, and it’ll be listed in available devices.

    If you cannot share YouTube videos to your TV via AirPlay,

    • Adjust your Wi-Fi signal strength to get the best AirPlay quality.
    • If your Android TV doesn’t support AirPlay, update the firmware.


    Do I need a special app to watch 4K YouTube videos on my iPad?

    No special app is required. Simply use the YouTube app on your iPad. Ensure the app is updated to the latest version to enable 4K content.

    Is there a way to enable HDR when watching 4K YouTube videos on Apple devices?

    Yes, if your device and TV support HDR, YouTube will automatically enable it for compatible videos.

    What resolution can I stream videos in using AirPlay?

    The AirPlay feature supports video resolutions ranging from 240p to 1080p. Additionally, AirPlay-2 is compatible with 4K. If you’re watching videos in a web browser, remember to manually adjust the resolution from the settings.

    Enter the realm of crystal-clear clarity!

    And there you have it, fellow Apple aficionados! The gateway to 4K bliss on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV is now wide open. Immerse yourself in the stunning visuals, vibrant colors, and unmatched clarity that 4K YouTube videos have to offer.

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    1. Please check a few things. 1. Does the YouTube channel support 4K videos; check out other channels. 2. Is the low-data mode turned on? Go to Settings → Mobile data and WiFi and toggle it off.

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