How to Make YouTube Videos Fill iPhone Screen

Smartphone displays are rarely the same aspect ratio as YouTube videos. That leaves black bars on the sides. You can pinch-to-zoom to fill the screen, but if you are always doing that, you might as well make it default.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 2, 2021

Smartphone displays are rarely the same aspect ratio as YouTube videos. That leaves black bars on the sides. You can pinch-to-zoom to fill the screen, but if you are always doing that, you might as well make it default. Let’s explore how to setup viewing a YouTube video in full screen.

This is is for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Screenshots are from iPhone XR.

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First, open the YouTube app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Now, tap your profile icon in the top-right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Profile icon

Next, tap Settings from the menu. See below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, go to the General section. See following image:

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Accessing General section

Next, toggle the switch for Zoom to fill screen to ON. Refer to below image:

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Toggle ON the Zoom to fill screen

Now, you will no longer need to zoom in on every YouTube video to take up the entire screen.

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