YouTube app gets a huge redesign


YouTube is rolling out a huge redesign to both its desktop and mobile applications, doing away with clutter, re-imagining its logo and instituting other changes including allowing users to play vertical videos in full screen on their smartphone.

Some of the changes had already rolled out to a limited amount of people that could test them before the release, but the roll-out starts for everyone today.


The change in the logo design is probably the one that will be easiest to notice and the one that will affect content creators the least: the red focus circle on the 'Tube' part of YouTube is no longer there. 

Instead the red YouTube play button now stands ahead of a black YouTube text logo.


But it is the newly added support for vertical video that will make tons of smartphone videos much more enjoyable to watch. To pull this off, YouTube has introduced a new adaptive video player that adjusts to different video formats, including vertical videos.


And that was exactly the case with vertical videos in the past: since YouTube was originally designed back when landscape video was the norm, vertical videos were displayed as a tiny portion of the screen with black bars on the sides, wasting a huge space of a phone display. This update changes that for good.


This is not the only change, though: YouTube has new fonts, updated colors and a new Material re-design that communicates clearly that this is a Google product.

YouTube is now also aiming for full feature parity across the app on all platforms. While you can video playback speed on desktop, you could not do this on mobile. This will change in the near future, as the team is committed to bringing the feature to mobile (even though it might not be available on day 1 with the other new features). Similarly, you can minimize the video to a mini player on top of the main app while you browse the video feed, and this mobile feature is coming to desktop in the near future.

YouTube is also experimenting with a new shortcut for video discovery: simply swipe left and a new video will be cued up based on recommendation algorithms. And if you've skipped something that you later wanted to see, you can swipe right to find that.

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7 Comments

1. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

I hate the new YouTube app design, there's any way to get the old design back?

2. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

On PC, revert to the old design in the upper right menu. On Android, find the APK file of an old version on the web and install it on your phone (this depends on whether you have older or newer phone, newer ones come with newer versions of YouTube app).

4. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017

I'm really not saying this about you specifically, but I feel like there is always a segment of the populace that hates change. There is an initial backlash of people being upset, they eventually come to like the changes, and then they hate whatever comes next as well. I honestly don't get it.

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

+100 Likes!

3. TechGirl90 unregistered

I like the Desktop UI of YouTube, howeverI can see the mobile version being problematic for those with an AMOLED Display.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I like the red status bar and top nav bar on android. But i can get used to it. Is dark mode on mobile? I would love that.

6. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"including allowing users to play vertical videos in full screen on their smartphone." Yeaaaah... This feature has only been there for 2 years... You're catching up pretty quickly!

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