Accessibility for YouTube mobile app

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


Getting started
After you’ve enabled 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 information about these features.
Navigate the app

The main tabs to navigate the app are Home, Subscriptions, and Library. You'll need to be signed in to your account to see the Subscriptions tab.

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

Additionally, the Menu  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. Tap the Menu at the top of the app.
  2. Select Sign in

Sign out of your account by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Menu at the top of the app.
  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, located next to the "More options" element.

  1. Double-tap on the search button and add your search query 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. Double-tap the "Player" at the top of the screen to bring up the player controls.

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 select a playlist. To create a new playlist, double-tap "New playlist."

  • Tap "Edit box - Title" to name your playlist.
  • Double-tap "Private checkbox" to make your playlist private or public. When the checkbox is checked, the playlist will be private.

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 information 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 navigate your YouTube video uploads, open Library  and tap Uploads. Use one finger to scroll through videos that you've uploaded to your channel.

Upload a video

  1. Double-tap "Uploads" in the top-right corner of the screen.
  2. Double-tap the "Upload" button at the top of the screen, located next to "Search."
  3. Scroll through your device's photo gallery to find a video to upload. 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. Double-tap "Upload" in the top-right corner of the screen to upload your video.

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 prompted to "Delete this video," double-tap the "OK button" on the right.


Note: 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 with the instructions below.

  1. Go to your Android device Settings .
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Switch Access.
  4. Select Off.
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