YouTube for Android update added bug that partially disabled the app's progress bar (UPDATE)

YouTube for Android update added bug that partially disabled the app's progress bar (UPDATE)
If you have an Android phone and recently updated the YouTube app to version 13.27, you might have noticed that the progress bar is no longer working properly. This is the bar at the bottom of the screen that allows you to jump to other spots in the video that you're watching. When it is working, you can tap on the bar and the video will immediately move to the appropriate spot. With the bug, you now have to put your finger on the red button sitting on the progress bar (which represents the current part of the video seen on the screen) and slide it to the right to move forward, or to the left to go backward.

Even though it seems like no big deal to slide your finger to the left and right on the progress bar, this bug is apparently getting under the skin of many Android users on Reddit. As it turns out, the iOS version of YouTube also doesn't allow a user to move a video forward or back with a tap on the progress bar, but that is by design. You might think that the latest update was disseminated merely to change the capabilities of the Android YouTube app to match those of the iOS YouTube app. But you would be wrong.

UPDATE: Be on the look out for YouTube v.13.28.54, which should appear as an update in the Google Play Store shortly. If you can't wait for the update to hit the Play Store, you can sideload it via APK Mirror by clicking on this link.

Earlier this afternoon, Team YouTube sent out a tweet in which it explained that the issue with the progress bar is a bug, and that another update will be sent out once the problem is fixed (see image at the top of this article). For now, Team YouTube suggests using the method we mentioned in the first paragraph. As the tweet says, "you can still hold and drag the red dot on the progress bar."

For what it is worth, we just installed version 13.28.53 of the YouTube app on our phone, and the progress bar remains broken.

Recent update to version 13.27 of the Android YouTube app removed the easiest way to navigate a video using the progress bar

Recent update to version 13.27 of the Android YouTube app removed the easiest way to navigate a video using the progress bar


source: @TeamYouTube via Reddit

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12 Comments

1. ijuanp03

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I noticed this for a couple of days now.

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 451; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Noticed this away and also noticed the "workaround". I thought it was one of those stupid intentional changes.

3. ceepyou

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Me too. I get the feeling that Google changes things for little to no reason with their apps. There likely is a reason and it is their choice to do so but it is still frustrating nontheless.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It thought it was my phone. Thankfully, it's not.

4. peace247 unregistered

lol...i thought that it was an intentional change. glad it isn't.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

But of course they can't implement a dark mode on Android, because I'm sure it's too hard for them to do. It's only available on iOS and PC.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That mode already on Youtube for months now, but they just hide the switch :-/ You can manually switch it by editing Youtube's preference file. https://www.xda-developers.com/enable-youtube-dark-mode-android/

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Needs root just to mention, but yup.

8. Critical54

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2016

Thank God, I thought they did that on purpose, I figured out the workaround but it was still a bit annoying not being able to move it the old way.

10. tyger11

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I too have the new version and the still-broken progress bar. I tried emptying the data cache for the app, to no avail. A reboot of my phone also did not help.

11. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Yep it's been like this for over a week! It absolutely pissed me off but it has been fixed, thank f**k cause I hated sliding it!

12. tyger11

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Just got an update pushed with the bug actually fixed. The version is 13.28.54.

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