The Explore Tab replaces the Trending tab. It gives users easy access to destination pages like Gaming, Music, Fashion & Beauty, Learning and more. The update is rolling out to iOS and Android users.
If you’ve recently updated the YouTube app on your iOS or Android smartphone, then you’ve probably noticed that the Trending tab in the UI is now replaced with the Explore tab. This tab sits between the home and the subscriptions tab. YouTube has been testing the Explore tab for some time and the option has now officially started rolling out to users. With Explore, users not only get access to trending videos but also to destination pages for popular categories like Gaming, Music, Fashion & Beauty, Learning, News, Movies and Shows and more – all from one place. So if the latest Bollywood music is trending and that's not what you want to see, you can simply jump to the category of your choice to see the trending videos in your favourite categories. This is a nice way to give users access to popular content based on their interests.
Users can simply tap the Explore buttons and get access to the various destination pages – Music, Gaming, News, Movies & Shows, Fashion & Beauty, and Learning. YouTube plans to add more destination pages over time and is open to feedback on the same. So let them know what it is that you like watching. A dedicated section for cat videos perhaps?
According to YouTube, “As you scroll through your Explore feed, you’ll see “Creator on the Rise” and “Artist on the Rise” before other trending videos. New creators and artists emerge on YouTube every day, so we hope this makes it easier for you to discover their content and connect with them and their communities!” So for example, if there is a new popular game streamer who is doing content similar to what you enjoy, then this is the place you'll get exposed to him.
If you are someone that liked the Trending section then worry not. The Trending page will continue to have its own section in Explore. The goal here is to show users what’s happening on YouTube and in the world right now.