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[GUIDE] How to Enable 1080p YouTube on ALL 1080p ANDROID DEVICES!

  1. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014

    SolarTrans, Aug 14, 2014 :
    As many of you may know by now, Google rolled out the ability to play 1080p YouTube on 1080p Android devices. However, most Nexus 5s, and countless other 1080p phones don't have this functionality. It's seemingly random, but it isn't. Why, you ask?

    Because ONLY Android versions 4.4.2 and L get this luxury. How do I know this? Well, I've tested this on almost half a dozen different Android phones.

    Enabling 1080p (and 480p) playback in YouTube is frustratingly simple, and WORKS ON ALL 1080P ANDROID DEVICES (at least in the US, probably everywhere though) WITH YOUTUBE v5.7+!!

    So let's get into it! FYI, ROOT is required for this tweak:

    First,
    ------ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR BUILD.PROP BEFORE EDITING IT-----
    I'm not responsible if anything goes wrong on your phone. This is dead simple though, and if you create a backup there should be no problems

    1: Open your build.prop file, and find this line:
    "ro.build.version.release=x.x.x"
    (With "x.x.x" being your current Android version number)

    2: Then, replace that "x.x.x" with "4.4.2". The line should look exactly like this, (without quotes of course):
    "ro.build.version.release=4.4.2"

    3: Save, then reboot your phone.

    4: Open up YouTube, play a 1080p video, and select 1080p from the resolution menu.

    5: Profit :D

    Note that this will make Settings and all other apps think you're on 4.4.2. However, your phone will still be on whatever version you started with (this isn't just gonna magically upgrade your OS XD). In order to revert back to stock (you must temporarily revert back in order to install OTAs), restore your build.prop backup or simply change "x.x.x" back to what it was before.

    --If this helped you please leave a Like and share it with your friends! If you do mention it somewhere, please give me/this thread credit ;)--

    EDIT: So far, I've only posted this on here and XDA (under the same username).

    UPDATE: According to a couple people on the forums, Google has fixed the issue on their side so that you can see 1080p regardless of your Android version. My only device now, the LG G3, is still on 4.4.2 so I can't test it, and I'll leave this guide up in case anyone still has issues ;)
     
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2014

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  2. Ivanpoocky13 KitKat Aug 14, 2014

  3. Toddyfoxx Gingerbread Aug 14, 2014


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  4. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014


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  5. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014

    SolarTrans, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Does anyone think this would be better in a different subforum? It applies to the OPO, and is sort of "Development"...
    Not sure if it really belongs in off-topic.
     

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  6. Zen1988 Jelly Bean Aug 14, 2014

    Zen1988, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Thanks
     

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  7. Skf123 Marshmallow Aug 14, 2014

    Skf123, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Yeah you didn't place it in the best subforum lol ask a mod to move it for you
     

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  8. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014

    SolarTrans, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Haha should I ask for it to be moved to 'The One' subforum then?
    I feel this is an important issue and want as many people to know about is as possible ;)
     

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  9. Skf123 Marshmallow Aug 14, 2014

    Skf123, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Yeah that sounds good. I'm sure it will help a few people out as there was a thread the other day on how android 4.4.4 lost the 1080p option in youtube and a few were hesistant on updating due to that fact
     

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  10. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014

    SolarTrans, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Thanks! I'll link it in that forum as well if I can find it!
     

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  11. UnknownSoul Jelly Bean Aug 14, 2014

    UnknownSoul, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Doesn't help us non rooted users though. Plan to stay bone stock until official miui releases.

    https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/1080p-gone.84339/
     

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  12. Skf123 Marshmallow Aug 14, 2014

    Skf123, Aug 14, 2014 :
    That's a fair point. If you were thinking of rooting though use the method posted on here as it looks simple enough and doesn't wipe any of your data AND you can still update when an OTA is released
     

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  14. UnknownSoul Jelly Bean Aug 14, 2014

    UnknownSoul, Aug 14, 2014 :
    I don't see the point in rooting without a custom recovery directly on the phone though. Have to use a computer if you screw up something. Like tethered jailbreaks. Tethered root? I'm using that terminology from now on.
     

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  15. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014

    SolarTrans, Aug 14, 2014 :
    Yep! IMO there isn't much of a reason not to root the OPO. No real downsides as far as I know.
     

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  16. SolarTrans Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014

    SolarTrans, Aug 14, 2014 :
    With most of my phones, I just flash TWRP, flash SuperSU, and when update time comes quickly flash back to stock recovery and then over to TWRP again.
     

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  17. boonkhim Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 14, 2014


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  18. UnknownSoul Jelly Bean Aug 14, 2014

    UnknownSoul, Aug 14, 2014 :
    If I know an update is coming I usually don't bother. I don't use many root apps anyway. The few I did is stock on this phone. Whoop.

    Edit: I'm dying to dig in the system to see if I can enable 1080p for front cam and disable shutter sound and various other things. But not motivated enough.
     

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  19. aiyaaaaa Honeycomb Aug 14, 2014


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  20. Skf123 Marshmallow Aug 14, 2014

    Skf123, Aug 14, 2014 :
    The OPO already has pretty much everything you could want on stock so i understand why you don't want to root, i didn't either but if it's simple enough i probably will as i might use a couple root apps down the line
     

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