Tips & Tricks

How to make YouTube full-screen on the Galaxy Note 9

Wondering how to make YouTube full-screen on Galaxy Note 9? You may not know what to do if you have just moved to a Samsung device with its latest Galaxy Note flagship. This wasn’t a problem before Samsung launched the tall and narrow Infinity Display with the Galaxy S8. The YouTube app initially had a dedicated button that would make the video fit the entire width of the screen and remove the black bars on the sides.

That button was removed in a subsequent update. You’ll be more than aware of how to make YouTube full-screen on Galaxy Note 9 if you have been using an existing flagship. This guide is for those who are new to the Samsung device experience.

Don’t worry if you can’t find the dedicated button to make videos fit the entire screen in YouTube. You are still able to fully leverage the gorgeous Galaxy Note 9 display to watch YouTube videos. Speaking of YouTube videos, the Galaxy Note 9 is a YouTube-recommended device for the optimal viewing experience.

Pinch-to-zoom gestures are now used to make the video full-screen on devices with the Infinity Display. The video will fill the entire screen when it’s playing in landscape orientation after you pinch-to-zoom just like you would on an image in the gallery. Just place two fingers on the screen and move them away from each other. You’ll see “Zoomed to fill” appear up top to let you know that YouTube is now full-screen on the device. Zooming out is simple as well, just repeat the process in the opposite direction.

Do keep in mind that after you make a YouTube video full-screen on Galaxy Note 9 a small part of the top and bottom will get cut as most videos are not for the 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the device. If this irks you then your best bet is to watch the video without having it fill the entire screen.

This is a nifty little trick to have in your repertoire nonetheless. You can find more in our dedicated Galaxy Note 9 tips page. You can also download our new magazine for 25 Galaxy Note 9 tips and tricks in a single location.

  • Model: SM-N960F
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
  • Display: 6.4" (162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)


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