Article ID : 00168049 / Last Modified : 29/04/2021

How to watch 4K movies on YouTube on your Android TV

    To play 4K movies on YouTube with a 4K compatible Android TV, follow the steps below:

    Search for 4K movies on YouTube

    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.

    1. Press the HOME button on the remote control.
    2. Select YouTube in the Apps category.
    3. Search for keywords such as 4K video from the search field of YouTube. If you type α7 and 4K (or alpha7 and 4K), you can find beautiful 4K videos shot with Sony devices.

    How to change the image quality on YouTube

    1. During playback, press the Enter button on the remote control.
    2. Press the left arrow button to select  (More), and then press the Enter button.
    3. Check the Quality icon on the screen. (Mind that steps or menu items of YouTube are subject to change without notice). 
      • 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 speed of the network or circumstances of use, videos may pause or start buffering during YouTube video playback at 4K resolution. You may also be unable to select 2160p, 4K due to the network environment.
    In these cases, set the Quality of YouTube to Auto or low resolution.