You may have noticed a welcome change to your YouTube app in recent days, as an update first announced by the video giant back in June has finally gone live.
The app now dynamically adapts to the size and format of any video — be it vertical, horizontal, or square — and configures to display the clip without any cumbersome black bars. Now, square and vertical videos will fill up the screen, 9 To 5 Google notes, with the remaining space being filled with suggested videos. Users can tap a ‘fullscreen’ icon, however, so that vertically-oriented videos take up the full display.
The update is only available for iOS devices right now, but will presumably roll out to Android devices soon . You can check out how the new feature works in a Tweet shared by YouTube below.
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Bye bye, black bars. 👋
Now the YouTube player on iOS will automatically adapt to the shape of the video you’re viewing! pic.twitter.com/4jzJ6nPj4G
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 19, 2017