If the answer is yes, know that you are not alone. Many people still do the pinching motion to fit videos to the full screen of the phone and cut those black edges that are on the sides. However, there is an option to make this feature the default in the YouTube app. And that’s what we’re going to teach you next.
How to play YouTube videos always in full screen
The instructions below apply to smartphones running Android and iOS. Even if the option to fill the entire screen is enabled, you can still pinch inwards on the phone’s display, so that the video comes out of zoom and stays in its original aspect ratio.
Step 1: on Android or iPhone, open the YouTube app and tap the little circle with your profile picture at the top right of the screen.
Step 2: Select “Settings”.
Step 3: tap “General”.
Step 4: look for the option “Zoom to fill the screen” and enable the switch.
Ready! From now on, all videos you watch on your mobile will take up the entire screen, regardless of the original aspect ratio in which they were added to YouTube. If you want to disable the option, just do the same path mentioned in the steps above and disable the key.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Aspect Ratio Adjustment
Undoubtedly, screen enjoyment is the biggest benefit of the feature that extends YouTube videos to all ends. As there are no black bars on the sides, the content is visually more distributed, even on smartphones that have a notch on the front display.
On the other hand, this auto-zoom may cut off a chunk at the top and bottom of the video. Also, the approximate image may not be the best if the video in question is at a lower resolution.
Not that the pinching motion is a bother. But at the end of the day, it’s not too difficult to use it to zoom in on YouTube videos that don’t fit your smartphone’s aspect ratio. In any case, for those who want to leave this enabled by default, the best thing to do is to enable the functionality in the YouTube settings.