Google Is Testing A Material Design Makeover For YouTube

by • May 5, 2016 • YoutubeComments Off on Google Is Testing A Material Design Makeover For YouTube3367

Flat design is where it’s at these days. With simplicity at its core, it’s clean and user-friendly. This is what defines Google’s Material Design for Android. If you like YouTube and Material Design, you’re in for a treat. It looks like Google is about to give YouTube a makeover.

Following Chrome OS’s change to Material Design, Google is testing it on YouTube – it still hasn’t been announced, but a user on Reddit discovered it and how to enable it. According to the Verge, you will need to log out of YouTube first, or use Chrome’s incognito mode to make it work.

So, here how it’s done (if you’re fairly familiar with a little “hacking”):

  1. Go to
  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=/;”;
  5. Reload the page

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If the above works for you, you should be seeing YouTube with a much “fresher look”, with “hints of colour”. As Instagram is testing a Black & White version to help content stand out, I feel the tendency is for designers of apps and sites that display content to create designs that focus on the continent ┬áitself.

Try it! Did it work for you, and what do you think about the new design?


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