How to watch 360-degree YouTube videos on Android

How to watch 360-degree YouTube videos on Android
Earlier this year, Google introduced 360-degree YouTube videos, which can be viewed both on PCs (in Chrome only), and on Android mobile devices. The experience is better on Android, because, when you're on a PC, you have to use mouse clicks to change the camera angle. But if you have an Android smartphone or tablet, the built-in accelerometer lets you move your device to look around - literally all around - almost making you feel like you're there, in the video.

In case you were not aware that you could watch 360-degree videos on your Android device, we're now going to show you just how to do that (it's really easy).

Make sure you have the latest YouTube app installed on your phone or tablet, and open it. Once you do that, you'll be presented with the YouTube homepage (personalized for you, if you're connected with your Google account), from where you need to open the app's main menu by tapping on the button seen on the upper left corner. After the pull-down menu shows up, you need to scroll to the bottom until you get to the "Best of YouTube" section, where you'll see a dedicated 360 Video button. Tapping on this button leads you to YouTube's #360Video channel - and that's where all the cool videos are. Simply taping on any video will play it, letting you enjoy 360-degree sceneries from wherever you are.

Of course, you can also simply search for "360" from the YouTube app's search bar, and you'll find plenty of 360-degree videos (but not all results are relevant). Right now, video quality is not stellar, but that's not really Google's or YouTube's fault, since this depends on the cameras used to shoot videos.

Have you watched any 360-degree videos on your Android phone or tablet until now? How do you like the experience?


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12 Comments

1. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

360 video is pretty amazing...this is first 360 video I watched on my phone -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujYyE0lfSUk I know you'll love it :)

5. waddup121 unregistered

PA late...but wow

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i like it

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Really nice! Hope News reporting use such camera.

3. rsiders

Posts: 1932; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Pretty cool experience actually.

4. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Cool.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Watched it on my iPhone 6 Plus. It's pretty cool. I didn't know this existed until now. Works by tilting your phone or dragging the video with your finger.

8. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

does it work with cardboard?

10. Mateus109

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Are these YouTube 360-degree videos supposed to work on all devices because they don't on my Oppo Find 5 :( The Cardboard app and third-party 360 video apps work fine but YouTube 360 videos just display the full 360 view at once across the whole screen. I have to download them and use a third party app (like VR Cinema) to view them correctly.

11. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I gotta give it a try.

12. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

you can watch cardboard videos like a stereogram for a 3D effect without any equipment, but it might hurt eyes/head

13. elizabethannaheim

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Thanks for the article. Netflix app, Hulu and BBC is great on Android. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix, Hulu and BBC on your Android.

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