YouTube changed the design of the app and website

Janie Parker
August 30, 2017

The new desktop design is rolling out globally, starting today. That's because the logo, still so similar to the one we've always known, has just received its first ever change: the red rectangle is now located to the left of the word YouTube rather than behind the word 'Tube.' It's not a huge change, but it does punctuate the design overhaul. Among the perks of the new layout is the launch of a dark mode that makes nighttime viewing easier on the eyes.

Some of the main changes are the way YouTube is now joined up instead of being separated by white and black text colour.

You can check out our deep dive into the redesign of the app and logo here. Also in the mobile app adds an option to change the playback speed.

The mobile app will be receiving a slew of new features, including navigation tabs to the bottom of the screen as well as two new tabs called Library and Account.

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Recent YouTube mobile updates have added features such as the ability to quickly go back or go forward 10 seconds in a clip by double tapping on the video. Their example here is that this feature will let you watch vertical videos without any black bars on the sides.

"Designed for our multi-screen world, the updated logo combines a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens", Mohan explained. We're also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways. Additionally, "in the coming months" you'll be able to jump between videos with a swipe - left for previous, right for next.

". We'll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences", said Neal Mohan, YouTube's Chief Product Officer.

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