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New YouTube Design Rolls Out For All

We’ve covered the experimental changes to YouTube the past few months, and as of yesterday, Google has started the process of rolling the new layout to all users.

Looking Fresh!

Sporting a sleek white look, the new interface makes videos in the stream really pop-out.

The video stream in YouTube

The new sidebar (or as Google wants us to call it, the “guide”) on the left hand-side makes it easy to view your subscriptions, view your social stream (your connections from Google+, Facebook, Twitter) and other tools.

The sidebar in the new YouTube interface


The merging of Google products into Google+ is inevitable, and YouTube is not getting away. In the new and current YouTube design, it certainly feels like it has taken some cues from Google’s social service.

If you have upgraded your YouTube account to Google+, you will see the familiar notification counter and your profile picture displayed on the top right. Clicking on your profile picture displays a list of settings in two sections, with the left showing a list of YouTube related settings and on the right, settings related to your Google account.

YouTube and Google Settings

New Player and The Guide

The new player in YouTube hasn’t changed in the way of features, but now sports a flatter and more modern look. Playlists now blend in with the player, and it works really well.

The new guide feature, and new-look player

A definite improvement in the looks department

It may be hard to see from the screenshot, but the guide from the home stream will hide from view when watching a video. To bring is up, just click the button and it will slide into view. This helps keep the distraction to a minimum, allowing users to enjoy content without anything on the page trying to catch your eye.

The new-look is rolling out as I speak, so you should have it already, if you don’t then expect it sometime over the next few days.

Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments..

  • ken147

    The thing that is really bugging me is the subscription sidebar numbers don’t reflect if you watched a new video or not. they just stay the same.

    • Yeah they do. Trust me, I’ve had the new layout since October.

      • ken147

        I have too, and about 2 weeks ago it stopped changing the numbers.

        • You sure?

          • ken147

            Yep, I tried cache cleaning and cookie removal. no dice

  • Håkon Underbakke

    Lots of people hate that Google changes everything, but I love it. Seriously, what’s so bad about it? Sure, you might not be used to it, but from a web designer’s perspective, this is a wonderful improvement. Well, and.. Google knows what they’re doing. If changing design wasn’t smart, they wouldn’t be doing it.

  • vs8

    I really like it. The previous design was awful. This brings it closer to the rest of Google.

    • Yes it does.

    • Lex Luthor

      fuck you, this new design is awful, the old one is a thousand times better, its because of people like you that internet is getting screwed up,, gtfo

      • vs8

        AFAIK I didn’t design the new YouTube. I don’t think I’m doing any wrong by liking it and expressing it freely.

        You don’t have to be so rude. You sound like a sixteen year old.

        • Lex Luthor

          i wasnt talking to you, google and cocktube are the ones im mad at, i hope their companies burn down along with the workers thore greedy fucks, they took, bough, stole and destryed everything! fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck youtube and fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck google

      • Deal with it @google-70764ef1f866e16250a7a69dacef82e3:disqus!!!

      • Sebastiaan Franken

        Can you type a comment without insulting people? Or are you too short-sighted to do such a wonderful adult thing? I think so.
        Respect other peoples’ opinion, this doesn’t suit you. Loser.

  • Javier Bastardo

    It’s lacking the Black Bar that unites all of the mayor Google services in one. Wrongfully omitted?

    • Lee Jarratt

      They were testing the Google Bar a month or two back, it is a shame to see this disappear :-(

      • It wasn’t with the old YouTube layout either you know. So it doesn’t really matter.

        • Lee Jarratt

          It does matter, because they were obviously thinking of adding it, and didn’t end up going with it. I wonder why? It’s a shame!

          • Probably it will come in next year’s new layout :D

    • Yeah, it’d make more sense to have a consistent element to switch between Google services

  • I like it because I can finally have a view which is like the old YouTube subscription uploads view!

    • Me too. I love it a lot. & no I’m not being a spammer. I’m just commenting :)

      • Lex Luthor

        the new one is terrible, your just one of these new youtube fags that dont know better…

  • Mike Keller

    Love it

    • Me too!

      • Anon

        It sucks. Trending isn’t working anymore and it is completely sponcerned videos instead. Youtube = FAIL.

  • Love it absolutely.

  • Wojciech Węgrzyn

    It’s going to Windows 8 desing :(

    • It looks nothing like Windows 8 you idiot.

      • Trynothingy

        Newbies consider “Windows 8” As rectangle frames/boxes while “Old” As Rounded and darker.

    • Phillip Mikesell

      I wouldn’t really consider windows 8 bad, but I was kind of getting sick of designs with gradients and shines (like old youtube and iOS, for example). It was good while it lasted, but simple designs will now take over.

  • PhantomPtI

    So, any secret way of keep on using the old layout? Some script? I know some people that prefer that by a thousands times (I don’t mind the new one that much myself)

    Also, where did the “Trending Videos” go?
    (As pointed out here: )

  • Poony

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really like it. For the most part, things look nice and sleek. But now, when I play a video, it’s way up in the top-left corner of the screen, when it used to be approximately in the center. So it feels like a bunch of space is wasted. Is it just me?

    • Poony

      I mean… This can’t be how it’s supposed to look, is it?

      • Windows? Get him!

        • Meep

          Poony considering you have a large monitor the video is in the correct place, however to account for that just make the video larger using one of the buttons inside of the video.

  • PS.9

    I still have the old UI. Don’t know why :(

  • Phillip Mikesell

    Just wondering: Why did you take a screenshot and post it as a JPG? I thought you knew better.

    BTW, I like the new layout a LOT

  • Nicholos Tyler

    Looks sleek. Only thing that I really ‘dislike’ is the fact it takes a few clicks to get to your sub list, should take you there first.

    • Meep

      I see what you did there.

  • Person on the Internet

    I don’t really like it, but I’m getting used to it. I just think that it’s crazy how they change the layout every year.

  • Miron Butoi

    WTF the ADVANCED tab is gone, missing altogether. How am I supposed to GeoTagg my movie now? If a geek like me can not figure it out in 15 minutes then how will my grand mother do it. YouTube+ nice change but WTF :-(