With the latest version of YouTube’s Android app, 13.34.50 (APK download via APK Mirror), the Essential Phone now supports the platform’s zoom-to-fill functionality.
Introduced late last year alongside the Pixel 2 XL, zoom-to-fill crops a 16:9 video so that the image takes up the entire screen of a phone with a taller aspect ratio like the PH-1. In short, if you own an Essential Phone, you can finally watch YouTube videos full screen.
To take advantage of zoom-to-fill, simply use the pinch to zoom gesture.
Of course, now the Essential Phone’s display notch will be a prominent feature of the video you’re viewing, but at least the video takes up the entire screen.