YouTube may soon get Google’s Material Design

By Shrey Pacheco | Updated 3 May 2016
YouTube may soon get Google’s Material Design
  • Google is testing Material Design for YouTube and a user of Reddit has posted instruction on how to enable the design on Chrome

Google is testing Material Design for YouTube and anyone can try it out. However, in order to check out the new design, users will have to tinker a little bit with the site’s developer controls. With the new design update, the website has a flatter, and more colourful interface with an emphasis on visuals and icons. Reddit user, giorgiomarinel, posted instructions of how to enable Material Design for YouTube on Chrome. To try out the new design, users will have to either logout of YouTube or use Incognito Mode. 

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  • Visit www.youtube.com/?gl=US
  • Once the site open, users will have to open developer tools by pressing ctrl + shift + i
  • In the developer tools, navigate to the ‘Resources’, select ‘Cookies’, and then delete ‘VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE’ in the ‘youtube’ section
  • Users then to to go to the ‘Console’ tab and paste this command: document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=Qa1hUZu3gtk;path=/;domain=.youtube.com";
  • Reload the page

Google introduced Material Design with the launch of Android Lollipop v5.0. Since then, The company has updated many of its apps such as Google Play, and Search to the new design language. YouTube also updated its app with a revamped design and improved recommendations. The updated app now offers relevant, personalised recommendations thanks to deep neural network technology. The company said that this technology will automatically find patterns and will learn from usage, thereby improving itself. 


Above: YouTube with Material Design


Above: YouTube without Materal Design

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Shrey Pacheco
Writer, gamer, and hater of public transport.
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