Google has updated YouTube to allow phones with 18:9 aspect ratios to zoom into videos by pinching to take full advantage of the display on tap. This same feature was brought to the Pixel 2 XL in a previous version and is now available on a variety of other devices with similarly sized screens. So far, it’s been confirmed that it works on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V30, although it probably works on other handsets as well like the LG G6 or Galaxy Note 8.
To view a video in the YouTube app in 16:9 on an 18:9 screen, simply load the video, enter full screen mode, and pinch out while the video plays. This will fill out your screen and you won’t have those annoying black bars on the left and right for compensation. Mind you, you won’t be able to see the full video that’s playing since it needs to be stretched out to over the edges of your display, but at least you’ll be able to utilize your entire screen regardless.
Let us know if your phone is compatible with the update by dropping a comment below. If you wanna get the update for the YouTube app that supports this feature, either wait for it to hit you through the Play Store or download and install this APK (via APKMirror).