Best YouTube-Approved Smartphones For Binge-Watching Videos On YouTube

Enhance your viewing experience on YouTube with these smartphones!


Every smartphone, be it Android, iOS, or any other OS, can play YouTube videos. But as someone who’s more of a binge-watcher, have you ever thought about the best smartphones to watch YouTube videos. Apparently, there is a list of devices that you can check out that has been released by the video-sharing platform itself.

List of YouTube Certified Smartphones (For The Best Experience)

The YouTube certified devices include a varying range of smartphones from Android OEMs. For the uninitiated, YouTube frequently updates its Device Report page where you can see the latest smartphones that according to the company offer the best-in-class YouTube experience. Of course, there are many feature-packed smartphones that are not on this list.

YouTube DevicesSpecificationsRelease
LG Wing6.8-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 765GOct 2020
OnePlus Nord6.4-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 765GAug 2020
Motorola One Fusion+6.5-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 730Jun 2020
Motorola Edge+6.7-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 865Apr 2020
Motorola Edge6.7-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 765Apr 2020
OnePlus 8 Pro6.8-inch (1440p), Snapdragon 865Apr 2020
OnePlus 86.5-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 865Apr 2020
Oppo Find X2 Pro6.7-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 865Mar 2020
LG V60 ThinQ 5G6.8-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 855Feb 2020
LG G8X ThinQ6.4-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 855Nov 2019
Google Pixel 4XL6.0-inch (1440p), Snapdragon 855Oct 2019
Google Pixel 45.7-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 855Oct 2019
OnePlus 7T6.5-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 855+Sep 2019
Asus ROG Phone II6.6-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 855+Sep 2019
OnePlus 7 Pro6.7-inch (1440p), Snapdragon 855Jun 2019
OnePlus 76.4-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 855Jun 2019
LG V50 ThinQ6.4-inch (1440p), Snapdragon 855May 2019
Google Pixel 3a XL6.0-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 670May 2019
Google Pixel 3a5.6-inch (1080p), Snapdragon 670May 2019
LG G8 ThinQ6.1-inch (1440p), Snapdragon 855Apr 2019
Huawei P30 Pro6.5-inch (1080p), HiSilicon Kirin 980Mar 2019
Huawei P306.1-inch (1080p), HiSilicon Kirin 980Mar 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10+6.4-inch (1440p), SD855/Exynos 9820Mar 2019
Samsung Galaxy S106.1-inch (1080p), SD855/Exynos 9820Mar 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10e5.8-inch (1080p), SD855/Exynos 9820Mar 2019
Huawei Honor View206.4-inch (1080p), HiSilicon 980Jan 2019

The official list of YouTube Signature Devices further goes on to include smartphones launched in 2017, you can check out the names if you have an older device.

One surprising thing to note here is that there isn’t a single iPhone model in the list of best smartphones to watch YouTube, despite the fact that Apple smartphones provide a top-notch video experience with HDR and sound quality. Also, while the list populates Android devices, the company chose not to include the 2020 Samsung flagship Galaxy S20 series.

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How does YouTube decide which smartphones to pick?

The video-sharing platform has provided brief details on what factors it considers while picking smartphones for its signature devices list. The following factors are taken into consideration for best smartphones to watch YouTube videos.

Support High Dynamic Range: The device should support HDR content so it displays better contrast and realistic colors. Common HDR formats include HDR10+ and Dolby Vision which we usually find on smartphones.

Play 360 videos: Thanks to tons of affordable 360-capable cameras like GoPro Max and Insta360, YouTube is home to a lot of videos that give a 360-degree 3D view of the surroundings. These videos are a treat to VR users and users can interact with them as well. Hence, a certified device should be able to play them.

High FPS and 4K decoding: The picture quality we are getting these days is improving as we speak. You can find many YouTube videos shot in 4K60fps or even 8K. These videos are smoother than what you see when running a 30fps video. Hence, the device should pack powerful SoC that can handle 4K decoding without any pain.

DRM Performance: With the ever-increasing content on YouTube, the need to protect the rights of the copyright holders has also increased. So, YouTube checks whether the device it’s picking comes equipped with necessary DRM technologies to prevent unauthorized use, copy, and distribution of the video content.

Anyway, these were the best smartphone to watch YouTube videos which would enhance your bingewatching experience. We’ll update this list once the 2021 smartphones popup on the device report page.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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