YouTube Material Design Layout Being Tested

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Following the Chrome Desktop Browser Material Design makeover that was unveiled last week, it looks like a YouTube Material Design overhaul is being tested by Google.

The most noticeable changes are the left navigation and the search field and the homepage layout.


YouTube’s current navigation (left) and Material Design navigation (right).


YouTube’s current homepage and search bar (top) and Material Design version (bottom).

Channel pages are also receiving a pretty big overhaul, and look a lot more colorful and bold.


Video pages on the other hand, where people spend most of their time on YouTube look to only be getting minor tweaks:


YouTube’s current video page (left) and with Material Design (right).

To get a peek at the YouTube Material Design preview, follow the following steps:

  1. go to
  2. open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)
  3. go to the `Resources´ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the youtube domain
  4. go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:
  5. reload the page

We were able to get this to work using Chrome in incognito mode, using Chrome while signed in doesn’t appear to work at this time.

Let us know what you think about the possibility of a Material Design overhaul coming to YouTube in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: reddit
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