How to watch 2K and 1080p YouTube videos on your Note 4

How to watch 2K and 1080p YouTube videos on your Note 4
The newer versions of the official YouTube app don't let you choose any resolution over 720p, and on the 2K display of the Note 4, with its powerful silicon inside, this is a crying shame. It's certainly a chore to have to choose the desktop mode of mobile Chrome, and hope that a 1440p video will load and run full screen without hiccups, so what's one Note 4 owner to do?

Well, you can always revert to an older version of the YouTube app, and choose the 2K options from there, instead of relying on half-baked shenanigans. It's not as simple as it sounds, though, you can't just load the last YouTube app version that had the 1080p and 1440p options built in, so here's what you need to do:

1. Needless to say, you need to root your Note 4 first, so as to uninstall the default YouTube app, just disabling it from the app drawer menu won't work. Chainfire has a quick root method, as usual, if you are wondering what to do.

2. Download the YouTube v. apk directly on your Note 4, or on your computer, then sideload it to the phablet;

3. Use System app remover, or a similar app to fully uninstall the default YouTube player on the Note 4, and reboot the handset;

4. Install the YouTube v. you downloaded in step 2, and disable the Play Store autoupdate function, so that the older YouTube application version doesn't go to the newer, 2K-deprived ones.

That's it, now you can watch 1440p trailers and short films (not that there is anything much more than those) on YouTube, taking full advantage of that gorgeous Note 4 display resolution. As an added bonus, you will now have access to 1080p options, which are much more numerous, and will look no less great on the Super AMOLED 1440p panel.

source: XDA-Devs

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

any idea where can i find 2k porn ?....

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Shoot some yourself ;)

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Isn't 1080p a default option anyways?

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

True. As far as I know, it depends on the resolution of display except 2k. Meaning if is 720p or 480p display the video playback will also be 720p & 480p (highest resolution playable). However, when it is 2k it actually only plays 1080p and not 2k hence the need for root.

7. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

It depends on your internet speed as well as your display resolution. I've noticed that sometimes on my Note 3, the video defaults to 360 or 480p (usually when I'm on mobile data), but at home it usually starts off at 720p.

11. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

My Intel Core PC can't even play 4k videos ... Reason again to f*ck Intel and even more their GPUs

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

LOL!!! In that case you must have an ancient Intel Celeron shi* or something :DDD My i7 (not even a specially good version) runs 4K videos perfectly and plays games likke Battlefield 3 at medium settings 720p 30-50 fps which is kinda ok. But of course the GPU has a lot to do with that. And what do you expect from their built in GPU's? Get a dedicated graphics card if you want performance,

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I am waiting fot 2k porn.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

What's wrong with 4K porn?

14. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

No 4k phones, I guess

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

So, you're saying that people with YouTube app v5.10.3.5 can't choose any resolution higher than 720p? Then how come I can choose 1080p on my Note 3? I think that this might have something to do with the Note 4 and its display.

16. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah google probably just needs to update its app for the new high-res screens, since it probably (ok obviously) doesn't recognize them yet.

9. DBounce

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

This makes no sense... For most the highest resolution screen they own is on their mobile device. Not too many people out there with 2k and 4k monitors and TVs.

10. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I'm hoping with more phone with 2K resolutions, they re-add this feature back, or at least default it to 2K if you do have a 2K screen.

13. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Will that root work with my Verizon n4?

17. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nope. Chainfires root only works for phones with unlocked bootloaders, so currently AT&T and Verizon are out.

21. hallucinogenius

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Unless you get Verizon's Note 4 Developer Edition

15. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Latest YouTube update changed it back to 1080p view option again with HTC One M8. It had changed an update or 2 ago to max 720p (in which pissed me off), but glad they changed it back.

18. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

but you have to root.....

19. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

assumed it wouldnt, but this doesnt work on the LG G3

20. PaceyPimps

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Mine G3 is working on 2k and it was as easy as uninstalling updates then reinstalling the youtube file but with the Note it get complicated as if you don't root it will not let you

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