Yesterday, YouTube surprised us with a makeover on its desktop site. In case you are feeling this way:
Because you were expecting the mobile app to also get a redesign, I am sorry, but this is strictly for the desktop version, although YouTube is testing a new user interface for the YouTube app that opts for an all white color scheme instead of red.
Now, as far as the changes brought about by the redesign are concerned, I’d like to think they are quite subtle — here is the old YouTube page
And the new one.
The Channel page also got a facelift.
For me, the best part is the official dark theme mode — which makes it easier to watch YouTube at night on your bright devices.
Other changes include:
- The left-side navigational elements can now be made to disappear with a single click on the hamburger menu.
- You can now keep scrolling down and continue receiving recommendations without any end.
- Channel pages now feature larger, more vivid content.
- Navigational elements within Channel are significantly larger and easier to navigate through.
- While watching a video on a channel, theater mode is slightly larger and comes with a black background.
- Subscribe button is more prominent and shows up right at the top when a channel corresponding to your search query pops up.
For now, you have to opt-in to try out these features. To do that, visit youtube.com/new and click on try it now.
If you don’t like it, you can return to the current design by selecting ‘Restore classic YouTube’ from the Account Menu.
By the way, YouTube said it will cap the number of people participating in the trial “when we reach enough users and feedback,” so you might want to hurry.
Meanwhile, I’m just sitting here waiting for the moment YouTube will introduce the loop feature on its mobile app.