Google brings new functionalities and gestures to its YouTube app

Ro, 27 October 2020

Starting today, Google is pushing a major update to its YouTube app on both platforms - Android and iOS. The update brings new functionalities, simplified UI and more importantly, gestures.

Now you can enter and exit full-screen mode more intuitively. By swiping up on a playing video, the latter rotates into landscape mode and enters full-screen. To minimize the video, you just swipe down.

The close captions button is no longer hidden in the three-dot menu and instead is now visible directly on the overlay menu. The same goes for the autoplay button. Both are now easier to reach while other buttons have been re-arranged for even more polished navigation.

The recently introduced Video Chapters feature on desktop is now making its way to the YouTube app too. It shows a list of all the chapters in a video along with a thumbnail preview for each chapter so you can navigate easily.

To further improve the navigation experience, new suggested actions are also included prompting you with a message to rotate your phone or play the video you are watching in VR. More suggested actions are coming in the near future, Google says.

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  • Anonymous

Gestures huh... Who the heck found it harder to just rotate the phone to landscape mode to get the full screen?

  • Carol

Install newPipe. A freelancer developer that made youtube as it supposed to be.

  • biilubhaiyakifaujiy

you can, just clear the app cache and data and thn open youtube , click on the account logo, click the down arrow near your account name and you will see logout button on last. Simple !!! Have a nice day.

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