The latest version of YouTube for Android displays portrait mode videos in all their full-screen glory, making it easier and a lot less annoying to watch videos shot vertically.
Prior to this update, YouTube would display vertical videos in full-screen landscape mode, which kept the actual viewing area nearly as small as the preview screen. The new feature comes in handy when you’re watching Vine roundups or clips sent by your non-techie relatives.
Full-screen mode for portrait videos on YouTube looks great
Want to see how it works for yourself? Try this clip on your Android device.
Sadly, the new feature hasn’t yet arrived on YouTube’s iOS app. However, you can watch portrait YouTube videos in full-screen mode by opening the URLs in Safari.