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[How To] Get the New Look YouTube

This method is no longer needed. Google rolled out the ‘new look YouTube’ to all users late 2012.

So you read our previous post on the new look YouTube design and want to get your mitts on it right now? We hear you..

An all-new YouTube

Trying out the new design is actually pretty simple, and you can get the fresher looking YouTube in under 30 seconds by following a few quick and simple steps:

Step 1

Open Chrome, and head to Once the page has fully loaded, and with Chrome in focus, hit Ctrl+Shift+J – Alt+Cmd+J in OS X – to bring up the console.

Step 2

Enter this line of code:


Step 3

Hit the enter key on your keyboard and refresh the page.

You should now be rocking the new YouTube design in all it’s Googlified glory!

Alternative Code

Commenter Farran Lee left an alternative code to use should you find that not every page of YouTube displays in the ‘new style’:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/;";window.location.reload();


Thanks to +Daniel Baines

  • Alex Luckett

    Damn, error: “SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL”. Anyone else getting this?

    • replace copy&pasted ”s with regular ones

      • Alex Luckett

        Ah I see, thanks very much!

  • Michael Marti

    Works like a charm :) If you copied the command here and you get an error (unexpected token illegal) try to delete the two quotes and write them manually

  • Guest

    syntax error

  • Javier Bastardo

    I’ll rather wait, it feels nice to just turn on your PC one day and see you just got Rolled-Out.

  • Before you make yet another “OMG BBQ IT’S NOT WORKING” comment, READ: The copy-paste errors seems to be caused by the lame font in here and the stylish quotes… ” vs “, so type the quotes manually or even the whole thing.

    • It’s not the “lame font” actually, it’s the way WordPress auto-corrects certain characters because of the encoding default.

  • Kabeer

    This is not work working.. It showing d error msg as “SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL”..

  • Guest

    SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL

  • John

    Fixed the unexpected token illegal thanks to mark but when I refresh it just stays the same.

    Chromium on Linux…

  • AngusPearson

    Hmmm. Still not sure whether I like it more, having used it for a while. But I guess with improvements it will be better.

  • I’m not sure, but I think there’s the possibility of the cookie not applying to all of YouTube – if that happens, you can use this code:

    document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/;”;window.location.reload();

    which will set the cookie for all domains of YouTube.

    Don’t flame me for this cos like I say, I’m not sure if there would be a problem – this is just the method I used which seems like it might be more robust. :)

    • McGary

      hey! uh….I don’t know why,but I tried a lot of way to get the new layout and none is working,do you know how to fix or…??

  • The new view sucks. I occasionally get it sometimes in Chrome, just randomly, and it completely ruins the way I browse subscriptions. Doesn’t give me the option to view uploads only, which is very important.

    • Actually, it does. If you click on a channel from the left “Subscriptions” menu their feed appears. At the top there is the option for “All Activity or “Uploads Only” just like normal. I went hunting for this because I use it daily. Still there, just not global anymore.

      I actually quite like the new design, which is a given since I love the Google+ design. The whitespace isn’t ideal, but works fantastic when I have more than one window open and need to resize the window.

      • spaceman2001

        That is an extreme hassle when you have more than 10 subscriptions let alone 1,000. This is a great example of ruining functionality, and for what? I like interface changes and I like everything else they did, but what I hate is when redesigns make things more difficult. This problem reminds me of Apple’s new app store. You can only view one result at a time. There is no excuse for that.

        • Thanks for the reply. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand exactly what you mean. I just switched to another copy of Chrome I have installed to refresh my memory on how the old system worked and it is *exactly* the same. The only difference is that the new layout actually allows you to scroll through your list inline, the old layout did not. Please see the following screenshot:

          Is there a different way you usually access the uploads only feed?

          • spaceman2001

            I’m talking about the global feed. I want a list of what all of my subscriptions are uploading (uploads only), like it used to be. It’s a hassle if you have to click on each subscription to view uploads only.

          • You only want to display uploads on your global feed? That’s easy – just a setting. There’s an option to select all your subscriptions at once as well (to make changing the setting super easy with thousands of channels). Here’s the link to the setting page:


            *Note: That page only supports the feature if you have the new design enabled. The old design doesn’t support it from that page. Let me know if that’s what you were looking for :)

          • spaceman2001

            Thanks. Too bad there is no select all button. I will need to go through 954 subscriptions to make it like it used to be and then constantly come back to this page to modify each new subscription. Still a pain, but doable, I suppose.

          • There actually is a select all dropdown. Simply check the box at the top and hit the dropdown arrow – there is an option to apply the change to them all. I’ve edited my post above with a screenshot of the dropdown :)

          • spaceman2001

            Oh, nice. I could have swore I tried that. Thanks, I need to settle down and take some more time figuring things out with the new interface. They could make it a bit easier though IMO.

          • With any UI change to any major website time will need to be spent re-learning. I’m glad I was able to help – best of luck getting used to the new design!

          • spaceman2001

            Update: I did this and I’m still seeing comments, likes, etc. in the My Subscriptions feed.

          • Hmm, just checked and I am as well. I see two possible reasons:
            1) It might just take some time to start working (or it may only apply to new interactions to keep load down).
            2) The setting is there, but the feature hasn’t actually been put into effect yet as this design is still being tested.

            If it still isn’t working correctly by this time tomorrow, I’d submit feedback using the button on your lower left corner and simply wait for the official release of the design. It’s clearly a loved feature so I can’t see Youtube not getting it fully developed before the design is officially pushed out to everyone.

          • spaceman2001

            Let’s hope they keep this feature. I won’t be very upset with this change as long as I am still seeing everything that is being upload and ordered by newest first, which I believe I am. The last time they randomly updated me a few months ago for like a week and it was not ordered by newest first. That left a bad taste in my mouth.

          • spaceman2001

            Update: I found a way by using this page:


            I’m really liking the redesign now.

    • Devin

      I gave up on YouTube’s homepage and just use channel RSS feed for new uploads inside Google Reader. Much easier IMO.

    • PhantomTurtle

      I figured out how to do this with all your subscriptions instead of just one. To do that go to Youtube and on the left side Click on Manage Subscriptions. Here at the top click on the check box to select all your subscriptions and then click on the arrow. Then click uploads only in feed. This will give you uploads only for all subscriptions. Now just go back to the Youtube homepage and enjoy yours subscriptions only feed.

  • Mark Greenwood

    So much whitespace… Like on Google+

    • alohadude3

      Off-topic but, what skin is it that you’re using?

      • geoldr

        Looks like windows 8

        • Ben

          Not a custom theme as far as I can tell. The little menu button in the bottom left corner is Pokki:

          • Vamos

            Actually it’s Windows 8 with Pokki. Nothing else…

      • AndreTen

        Looks like Windows 8.

      • Windows 8 with custom theme of some sort installed.

    • Andrei B.

      That’s the place to put your beer, remember?

    • Yeah that is a lot of white space. They should design the interface for larger screens.

  • Mehdi

    Amazing, thank you :D

  • handuel

    How to undo this :D, it got set for me autimatically

    • Nathan Kalish

      try deleting the cookie!

  • For Firefox, use Ctrl+Shift+K and enter the code.

  • jjrudey

    I saw a preview of it a while back on Chrome Canary and it sucks.

  • Thanks a ton!!! And I for one actually love the UI refresh. :)

  • floopy1962

    how to get back the old one ?

    • Jeffrey Matthews

      Clear your cookies, I would assume

    • Nathan Kalish

      delete the cookie

    • document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/;”;window.location.reload();

  • giga sutidze

    Handuel choice in the google chrome option menu clear browsing data and clear browsing data and refresh page:).

  • Awesome

  • carigis

    cookie expires when you close browser.. so my guess you will have to do this everytime you open your browser?

    • Nathan Kalish

      Try deleting the cookie, then opening youtube and editing it again.

      • Àlex

        No, it not works =(

    • regs

      this will make it expire on 01.02.2013

      document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/; expires=Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT;”;

  • Nathan Kalish

    To help out, and if the page’s author wants to add it, To change it in Opera, go to prefrences>Advanced tab>Cookies (sidebar)>Manage Cookies. In the search bar type “” and click the one that begins with VISITOR and click edit…in the value section type “jZNC3DCddAk;” (without quotes).

  • I can’t get this to work, the console shows “Port error: Could not establish connection. Receiving end does not exist.”

  • Emilio Fahr

    Not working for me. I have Do Not Track Plus and AdBlock Plus. Could this be why?

  • Elijah Leffingwell

    Didn’t even need to enter the code….

  • Seb Prieto

    Doesn’t work for me :(

  • This works on Safari as well, just use the Web Inspector in the Developer menu. Then enter the line in the input box on the bottom.

  • Seb Prieto

    It works for me only in the main login page, once I sign in to my account it goes back to the grey UI… I need to have the LATEST!!!!!!!

    • Nathan Kalish

      When you log in, it overwrites the cookie. Just re-edit it when you are logged on!

      • Seb Prieto

        I tried that with both codes multiple times and nothing happens. when I check the console after refreshing it says “PPB_Graphics2D.PaintImageData: Rectangle is outside bounds.”

        • Alistair Dillon

          same for me

  • Not surprised that it looks like shite…

  • You can also try this in Opera by opening Dragonfly (press Ctrl+Shift+I), then clicking console and entering the following: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/;”;window.location.reload();

  • It Works!

  • copy and paste this to your address bar:
    javascript:document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/;”;window.location.reload();

  • Andrei B.

    I always felt the the old one showed me junk I didn’t care about. The new one seems to have a lot more control on what I see and it seems more intuitive. Plus, it helped me clean my subscription list.

    I welcome it.

  • I tried entering the code, and nothing has changed. I tried both methods. Perhaps Google caught onto this and blocked it?

  • Oh, spiffy!! So easy, even I could do it! (And that says sooo much more than you know)

    Thanks, OMG! Chrome!

  • PhantomTurtle

    It just automatically came to mine, how can I remove it(I hate being their guinea pig)?

  • I don’t have the extension installed but I already appear to have the new youtube version so looks like it’s already rolling out. I”m in latest Chrome btw.

  • Lwordish

    Works great! Thanks.

  • Umm so yeah it looks like crap lol How do I get back to the old look? I am done with this sneak peek.

  • Guest

    I can’t get it to work. The homepage changes, but when I log in, it takes me back to the old layout. I tried deleting my history, cache and cookies and I still can’t get it to fully work. Any ideas on what i could do? Thanks.

  • Jeremy

    It was automatic for new accounts.

  • I paste the code I refresh the page and it’s all good.. but when I close chrome and I reopen youtube it still has the old layout

  • Works like a charm, thanks

  • kingblade

    It didn’t work for me but after some tries I ended up rewriting the javascript:

    document.cookie[“VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE”] = “jZNC3DCddAk”;

    Works like a charm :D

  • hary10000

    I actually want it but… it changes the youtube homepage but not the new video page nomatter what i do, however if i logout i ge the new layout “strange”

  • thediex

    IT DOESN’T WORK! where do I put the code?

  • DriggerV

    it doent stay like that.when i close the window and come back again it goes back to the old version.(i am using maxthon 3)

  • a lot of videos stop working after doing this… any fix?

  • Phillip Mikesell

    Or, you can type:

    javascript:document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk; path=/;”;window.location.reload();

    into the omnibox and hit enter

  • Chhoooo

    Well how do you get rid of it if you dont want it?

  • Toby Mole

    Much prefer this to the imposing black left side bar

  • William Pickering

    Doesn’t work for me, at least not when logged in like you obviously are in the pictures. I tried to make it stay but as soon as I login it goes.

  • tumbler

    Not a fan of it, every update makes it look worse. I prefer the commentors to be a bit more anonymous. Now they are putting people avatar (or mug shots) next to their youtube handles. What’s this? Facebook or some shit?

  • John Hegberg

    Why does Google keeping moving all its content to the left? First G+, then, and now Youtube. Driving me nuts! Why not let it stay centered like it used to and adjust on the fly to the size of your browser. -_-

  • Lex Luthor

    horrible,theres no chance in hell im letting google force this new look on me, im a big fan of youtube and i upload allot but if they force this shit look on me i will lose all ineterest in youtube because it wont be the same, they should just make a yiouutbe 2 and use this look and let us have the current one

  • Zach Weinberger

    I have tried doing this but It does not look like the one that is shown. i need some help. i have a image with what mine looks like so you might have a answer to help ;)

  • ju

    did not work for me. it’s peculiar because i have two youtube accounts and one of them got the new youtube automatically, while my oldest account doesn’t and won’t work this method. and when i sign out the new youtube comes back… how does this work?

  • louisi9

    is this perminant?

  • I found this page trying to find out how to get rid of t he new look.

    Jesus christ, I don’t see how anyone thinks this is good. It aligns the page TO THE LEFT SIDE and changes it from a greyish white into a bright white.

    Awful, awful design; good thing it was a random test phase. Bad thing it’s going to be rolled out later. It’s atrocious, even worse than the last terrible change.

  • FastestClassic

    It doesn’t seem to work for me… :(

  • Steve

    Worked for a few hours now it doesnt seem to work anymore

    • qweasdf

      Still works fine for me

  • BlindMyStare

    this design is crap. nothing more.



  • taisto

    How to remove it?

  • Taho

    Hi, I have a problem with the new YouTube. When I’m not logged in the new UI is shown, but when I log into my account i switch back to the old interface which is messed up on some places. I tried the js code to switch to the new look, I even wrote my own code to try to update the UI, but nothing worked. So is there a way to change that or I should wait for google to do something

  • Lierin

    It didn’t work, I’m in Chrome on a mac and the console said: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘1’ of null

  • Shu Hui

    Hello I don’t know if you guys felt the same way too or not, but I have a lot of subscriptions on YouTube and I really hate that there’s a limit when you scroll “My Subscriptions”. I’m a busy person and I love to catch up with previous videos that I missed but whenever I exit YouTube and re-enter another time, there will be tons of new videos up and I won’t be able to find the previous videos unless I search the channels one by one. I know I can click “watch later” for the previous videos and it’ll be saved in a folder but it’s such a hassle clicking it one by one. Anyone of you out there knows how to make the scroll infinity??

  • Unknown

    Worst instructions ever.

    • Given that the “new look” YouTube this post is about rolled out late last year, these instructions probably shouldn’t matter…


    fuck u

  • Rastaman

    I agree ridiculous shit new utube whats wrong with the old one?Waigitng for google is like waiting for jesus christ to come i dont think thats soon,really annoying