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YouTube is getting a Material Design look and feel

YouTube is getting a Material Design look and feel

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Google appears to be testing a new design for YouTube. Influenced by the simple Material Design visual look for Android, the updated YouTube looks a lot flatter and cleaner. A Reddit user first discovered how to enable the new design, but you'll need to be logged out of YouTube or using incognito mode to get it working:

  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. document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=Qa1hUZu3gtk;path=/;";

  6. reload the page

Everything from uploading to signing in has been transformed into a focus on iconography and visual elements. Google doesn't appear to be overhauling its actual video player, and content is largely laid out the same as the existing site. Hints of color and a fresher look certainly give YouTube a more modern look, but it's not clear exactly when Google plans to roll this out. A Material Design revamp just hit Chrome OS recently, and Google is planning to bring the same look to Windows and OS X versions of Chrome in the future.

YouTube Material Design screenshots