YouTube testing new material design

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YouTube is currently in the process of testing a brand new interface for the web that follows on from Google’s Material Design guidelines for Android.

All of this comes just two months after Google began a similar project for Google Chrome on desktops.

The new YouTube design is said to look very similar to the Android app in the presentation that uses modern fonts and flatter buttons with the layout of most pages also getting updated to give a far cleaner appearance.

In a similar fashion to Google Chrome, the YouTube search bar changes colour to reflect the channels that you have chosen. Android Police reported that this feature “…gives you the sense that you’re not on just another YouTube page, but this channel’s YouTube page”.

Most people will not have had the opportunity to see the new look yet as very few users have trialed the new interface during the testing phase. At present YouTube has not announced a rollout date but the redesign can be activated yourself by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://www.youtube.com/?gl=US

  2. Open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)

  3. Go to the `Resources´ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the Youtube domain

  4. Go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:
    document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=Qa1hUZu3gtk;path=/;domain=.youtube.com”;

  5. Reload the page

Although it is very much at the testing stage more users are choosing to try out the new interface. It should however be noted that your region needs to be set to the US and it may not work in all browsers so you may need to allow them some patience.

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