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7 Things to Know About the Video Playback Settings the iPhone Has

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

The iPhone has a whole suite of video playback settings for optimizing the viewing experience. Whether you're watching movies, TV shows, or media stored on your device, these features can help you get the most out of every viewing session.

In this article, we'll show 7 things to remember when accessing and adjusting your iPhone's video playback settings so that you can always enjoy the best-quality visuals as smoothly and conveniently as possible.

Things You Need to Know

1. Brightness and Contrast

The iPhone has settings that allow for easy customization of video playback and easy way to save them. These settings make it possible to adjust the brightness, contrast, sound level, and other aspects of watching a video on an iPhone.

  • Adjusting the brightness and contrast on an iPhone is simple. Navigate to the Settings menu and select "Display & Brightness" from the options.

  • You can adjust the brightness and contrast of your display by using the sliders from this menu.

  • You can also automatically adjust the brightness based on ambient light for maximum visibility anytime.

Users can change the video aspect ratio and manage subtitles or dubbing as desired. To adjust the aspect ratio:

  • Open whichever video playback app you use - such as YouTube or a movie streaming service - and look for an option labeled 'settings' or 'video settings.'

  • Once you have opened that settings page, look for an option that says "aspect ratio" or "screen size."

  • You should see two or more presets with different resolutions, which can be used depending on your needs. For example, if you are watching a standard definition video, then selecting a 4:3 aspect ratio is recommended. On the other hand, if you are trying to get the most out of your HD content, then choosing 16:9 is the best practice.

Additionally, some streaming services offer advanced settings that allow you to customize aspects such as screen size and zoom mode in even greater detail. This can be particularly useful when watching content in its native resolution without distortion or artifacts appearing on the screen.

2. Portrait and Landscape Mode

With an iPhone's advanced video playback settings, users can quickly switch between watching videos in portrait mode or landscape mode. This feature is helpful when watching a movie or TV show in which most scenes are shot in a widescreen format like cinemascope.

3. Resolution Scaling

iPhones have resolution scaling options built into their video playback settings menu. This allows users to watch videos in higher resolutions than they would be able to otherwise and makes it easier to enjoy videos shot with high-quality cameras or devices like camcorders and drones.

4. Audio Settings

In addition to adjusting the resolution of videos, iPhones also have audio settings that allow for quick changes to the volume level and balance of sound channels in a video. Also, features like bass boost and 3D sound for increased immersion when watching movies or shows with surround sound mixes.

5. Picture-in-Picture Feature

iPhones also support picture-in-picture (PiP) functionality for playing small windows of videos while multitasking with other apps on the device, such as messaging or web browsing applications. Users can easily pause the PiP window while using another app without losing their place in the original video they watched before activating PiP mode. To enable it, follow these steps:

  • With the app open that you want to watch the video in, scroll down and tap on "Settings."

  • On the settings page, look for an option called "Picture in Picture" (or something similar).

  • Switch this option from Off to On and then go back to the home screen or open a different app.

  • Once you've done that, press the Home button twice quickly and swipe up until you see the small PiP thumbnail in the corner of your screen.

  • Tap on this PiP thumbnail to make it bigger, and drag it around your screen so it's wherever you want it to be while you multitask.

  • To exit PiP mode, press down on either side of the PiP thumbnail for a few seconds until a menu appears at the top of your display with an option to "Stop Picture In Picture" - select this option, and that's all there is to do.

6. AirPlay Streaming

The AirPlay streaming feature lets users wirelessly stream content from their iPhones over Wi-Fi networks to compatible Apple televisions and other devices. Such as speakers that support AirPlay outputting audio from videos being watched directly from an iPhone's screen without having to connect cables between them first.

7. Close Captioning Support

An additional feature available through iPhone's video playback settings is closed captioning support, which enables users who are hard of hearing or deaf to follow along with what is happening in a movie, show, podcast, etc. By displaying text descriptions on screen that show what is being said during dialogue scenes or essential plot points that happen during visual scenes with no dialogue present at all times.

Final Thoughts

Video playback on the iPhone is a great way to stay entertained while on the go. Whether you're watching movies, TV shows, or your favorite YouTube channels, there are a few things you need to know about video playback settings on your iPhone. Following the tips in this article can ensure you get the most out of your viewing experience.

If you want to get even more mileage out of your iPhone, you can learn how to connect a Playstation 4 or Nintendo Switch controller to it as well. You can even try to use its charger to power up your Nintendo Switch. Learn how to do it here.


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