Google’s material design guidelines have slowly been creeping their way onto an increasing amount of its services. Android, Search, Google Now, and the company’s stock Android applications are just few of the many examples. And now it appears that YouTube is the desktop service next in line to get a Material Design makeover. Interfaces offered by a single company should always offer a unified experience, and Google is working to achieve exactly that with the expansion of Material design.
In the upcoming years, material design is going to explicitly define Google’s identity. Today, we’re going to detail what changes you should be expecting in the final rollout of YouTube’s material makeover along with instructions on how to get it right now if you don’t want to wait for the official release.
The first thing you’ll notice in the new interface is the much more minimal search bar, which conforms to the material design guidelines. The search bar has been centered and instead of the upload button, there will be a minimal upload icon.
While the main page hasn’t changed drastically, the Channel pages now offer a completely redefined interface. The background color of the channel will now be the most dominant color in your header image. Overall, the design is much friendlier and minimal now, similar to what you see on TV show streaming services.
Moreover, Google has opted towards a more circular design trend in this makeover. The profile pictures of the channels now appear in a circular holder and almost all of the icons in the sidebar have been modified for the circular approach as well, which makes the interface look much more streamlined. There are numerous other changes in the interface but we’ll leave you to discover them for yourself. Here’s how you can get the new interface right now.
Note: This process only works if you’re using Chrome as your browser.
Step 1: Navigate to www.youtube.com/?gl=US
Step 2: Once the site is opened, press CTRL+SHIFT+I to bring up the Developer Tools.
Step 3: Navigate to the Resources tab and the go to Cookies and the select the YouTube domain. From the list of entries, delete the VISITOR_INFO_LIVE cookie.
Step 4: Now open the Console and add a modified version of the cookie using the following command and pressing enter.
Now, refresh the page and the new interface should show up. If it doesn’t, try logging out of your YouTube account and it should then display the new interface. And that’s how you stay ahead of the curve.
So what are your thoughts on the new UI? Is this a step for the better or worse?