YouTube for Android gets pinch-to-zoom feature to more 18:9 smartphones

By | November 17, 2017


YouTube for Android updated with a much awaited feature, pinch-to-zoom. Yes, you heard that right. The much awaited pinch-to-zoom features to more 18:9 smartphones has been rolled out for Android platforms. If you have recently bought the bezel-less smartphones with an aspect ratio of 18:9, you will be able to make use of this new pinch-to-zoom feature on your Android smartphone.



The pinch-to-zoom feature was exclusively designed and made available to the newly launched, Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Well, the same feature is now available for non-Google high-end smartphones with the given aspect ratio.

If you are not aware about this feature, the pinch-to-zoom feature lets crop the 16:9 video to fir in the 18:9 display. Since Google Pixel 2 XL is not the only smartphone to carry the 18:9 aspect ratio, the same feature has been rolled out to various smartphones from different giants such as Samsung, LG, HTC and more.

The new YouTube for Android version has got this new pinch-to-zoom feature. The version number v12.44 is now officially available around the globe. So if you are using a new high-end smartphone, you will be able to make use of this new feature within the YouTube app. However, first you have to update your existing YouTube app with the new version.

So far, other giants phones such as Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V3 have confirmed this feature’s arrival on the devices. However, the feature will also work fine on other smartphones with long aspect ratio. The feature will also work on different aspect ratio phones as well.



If you have bought the new Samsung device from Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8 phone, they have included the Zoom button on the phone to zoom into the screen without the need of any additional app or software. However, other phones such as HTC, LG and all the other ones need to have this app updated on their phones to start using this pinch-to-zoom feature.

This pinch-to-zoom feature is technically called crop to zoom feature for YouTube which allows you to view the videos with bigger screen. This feature fills up the entire screen of yours with the video making it enable for you to view the video with full screen. However, this feature may crop a few fraction of the original video as it is not decided to which extend this feature will work. So by now, you will no longer see the black bars on the videos which you are watching on the YouTube app.



Apart from the Pixel 2 XL phone, the feature is working perfectly fine on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Galaxy S8 Active. This clears that the pinch-to-zoom feature will work on any other device having an aspect ratio wider than 16:9. The update of the YouTube app has been rolled out officially over the globe. If you are unable to see it on your phone, you should wait for a couple of days as it will take some time to reach out to your device.

Apart from this, YouTube’s standalone TV streaming app, YouTube TV is also expanding its platform and now the app is available on various platforms such as Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One and more.

You can download and update the existing YouTube app to your Android device from the following official link. Go ahead and get it updated right away.

Install YouTube from PlayStore