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YouTube on Desktop Now Plays Vertical Videos Without Black Bars

July 31, 2018 / Matt Southern

YouTube has finally started playing vertical videos in their native aspect ratio on desktops, which means no black bars on the sides. This is an update that first rolled out to mobile devices last year. A post on Google’s YouTube help forums confirms that it has now been rolled out to the desktop video player. Recording in widescreen, or “horizontal mode,” is arguably the best way to capture video content but vertical videos are still very much a part of today’s mobile-first world. When you want to capture something within a moment’s notice, grabbing your phone and recording vertically may be the fastest way to do it without missing anything. Now you can upload those vertically shot videos without any concern for a lesser viewing experience. See below for a before/after example of what vertical videos will look like following this update.