Accessibility for YouTube mobile app

The YouTube Android app works with Android’s accessibility features. Android gives accessibility support for blind and low vision users with the TalkBack, and special accessibility features. Visit the Android Accessibility Help Center to learn more, including how to turn these settings on.


Getting started
After you’ve turned on your Android accessibility settings, TalkBack and Explore By Touch can help you explore content and elements in the YouTube app. See Explore By Touch instructions for more info about these features.
Navigate the app

The main tabs of the app are Home, Subscriptions, and Library. Sign in to your account to see the Subscriptions tab.

  • Home  lets you browse recommended videos.
  • Subscriptions  lets you find videos from the channels you've subscribed to.
  • Library  is where you find your viewing history, uploads, purchases, and playlists.

The profile picture  at the top of the app lets you access your settings, the Google privacy policy, help, and sign in.

Sign in to your account by following the steps below:

  1. At the top of the app, tap your profile picture  .
  2. Select Sign in.

Sign out of your account by following these steps:

  1. At the top of the app, tap your profile picture  .
  2. Select Sign out.
Browse videos and playlists

Use one finger to scroll through videos in Home , playlists, or a channel. As you scroll, you'll hear the name of the video and the associated metadata.

Channels: On a channel, use the tabs for Home, Videos, Playlists to browse through content from the selected channel.

Search for videos and playlists

To search for a video using Explore By Touch, tap the top of the screen to find the search button. The button will be next to the "More options" element.

  1. Double-tap on the search button and add your search to the "edit box."
  2. Double-tap on the "Drop-down list" to change your search filters.
  3. Use Explore By Touch to browse search results.
Play and control videos

Once you've found a video to play, double-tap to begin playback. To bring up the player controls, double-tap the "Player" at the top of the screen.

Player controls and options

Pause: Double-tap "pause video" to pause the video.

Minimize video: Double-tap the "Minimize button" to minimize a video during playback. When a video is minimized, you can browse or search while it continues to play.  

Dismiss minimized video: Double-tap "Player" and swipe to the right using two fingers to dismiss the minimized video player.

Expand minimized video: Double-tap "Player" and swipe up using two fingers to expand the minimized video player.

Add to playlist: Double-tap the "Add-to button" to open the "Add video to" alert. Use Explore by Touch to select a playlist. To create a playlist, double-tap "New playlist."

  • Tap "Edit box - Title" to name your playlist.
  • Double-tap "Private drop-down checkbox" to make your playlist private or public.

More options:

  • Change video quality: Double-tap the "Video quality Menu button."
  • Report a video: Double-tap the "Flag button."
  • Closed captions: Double-tap the "Closed captions Menu button."

Below the video, you'll find the following info or features:

  • Video description and metadata.
  • Like and dislike buttons.
  • Channel subscribe button.
  • Video suggestions.
  • An option to add a comment.
  • Comments about the video.

To go to your YouTube video uploads, open Library  and select My videos. Use one finger to scroll through videos that you've uploaded to your channel.

Upload a video

  1. In the top-right corner of the screen, double-tap "Uploads".
  2. Double-tap the "Upload" button at the top of the screen, found next to "Search."
  3. To find a video to upload, scroll through your device's photo gallery. Double-tap to select a video.
  4. Enter your video title in the "Title" edit box.
  5. Enter a video description in the "Description" edit box.
  6. Select a privacy level (Private, Unlisted, or Public) from the "Privacy" drop-down list.
  7. To upload your video, double-tap "Upload" in the top-right corner of the screen.

Edit a video

To edit a video's title, description, or privacy settings, follow the steps below:

  1. Use two fingers to scroll through your uploaded videos.
  2. Double-tap the "Menu button" next to the video you'd like to edit.
  3. Double-tap "Edit" in the video's "Alert" box.
  4. Double-tap the title or description edit boxes, or the "Privacy" drop-down list.
  5. Double-tap "OK button" when you're done with your edits.

Delete a video

To delete one of your uploaded videos:

  1. Use two fingers to scroll through your uploaded videos.
  2. Double-tap the "Menu button" next to the video you'd like to edit.
  3. Double-tap "Delete" in the video's "Alert" box.
  4. When asked to "Delete this video," double-tap the "OK button" on the right.

Turn accessibility setting on/off

If you're seeing an X icon in the video player, it's because your device has an accessibility setting on. You can turn this accessibility setting off on your Android device, or within the YouTube app.
On your Android device:
  1. Go to your Android device Settings  .
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Voice Access, Select to Speak, TalkBack, Accessibility Menu, or Switch Access
  4. Select Off.

Within your YouTube app:

  1. At the top of the app, tap your profile picture  .
  2. Select Settings  .
  3. Select Accessibility.
  4. If you want to override the Android device-level setting, turn off “Accessibility Player.”
  5. You can also set a timer to automatically hide the video player controls after X seconds.
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