Article ID : 00157853 / Last Modified : 03/27/2023Print

Watch 4K videos on the YouTube app of the Android TV or Google TV

    You can use the YouTube™ app on a compatible Android TV™ or Google TV™ with a high-speed internet connection to play 4K videos.

    1. Connect your TV to the internet

    Use either a wired or wireless connection and make sure you have at least 25 Mbps speed.

    • We recommend a wired connection because 4K videos use high-capacity data. If the internet connection isn't fast enough, the videos may not play smoothly.
    • If you use a wired connection, make sure Wired is displayed for the Connection method.

    • If you switch from an already established wireless connection to a wired connection, the wired connection between the wireless LAN router and the TV may not be enabled right away. In this case, press and hold the Power button on your TV to restart it.

    2. Search for 4K videos on YouTube

    Use the YouTube app to play videos in 4K resolution. They won't play in 4K resolution if the YouTube videos are played using the TV internet browser.

    1. On the remote control, press the HOME button.
    2. Select YouTube in the Apps category.
      Note: Videos can only be played in 4K resolution when playing from the YouTube app. If you play the videos from the Internet browser, they will not play in 4K.
    3. Search for keywords such as 4K video from the search field of YouTube.
      Example of how to search for videos uploaded in 4K resolution

    3. Check if the movie playing on YouTube is 4K, or change the image quality

    1. During playback, press the Enter button on the remote control.
    2. Press the arrow buttons to select  (More), and then press the Enter button.
      Check the Quality icon on the screen.
      • If a blue 4K icon is displayed, you're watching content in 4K resolution.
        When the blue 4K icon is not displayed, you're watching content in other resolutions.
      • To change the image quality, select Quality, and then select 2160p, 4K.


    • Depending on the network speed, or circumstances of use, videos may buffer or start buffering during playback at 4K resolution. You may also be unable to select 2160p, 4k due to the network environment. In these cases, set the video quality to Auto or low resolution if you don't meet the internet connection speed to prevent buffering during video playback.
    • Visit the YouTube Help page for more information about watching 4K videos on YouTube.