Accessibility for YouTube mobile app

The YouTube Android app works with Android's accessibility features. Android provides accessibility support for visually impaired users with the TalkBack and BrailleBack applications, and special accessibility features. Visit the Android Accessibility Help Centre to find out more, including how to enable these settings.


Getting started
Once you've enabled your Android accessibility settings, TalkBack and Explore By Touch can help you to explore content and elements in the YouTube app. See the 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 that 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 and Playlists to browse 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 enter your search query in 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.

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

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

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

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

  • Tap "Edit box - Title" to name your playlist.
  • Double-tap "Private tick box" to make your playlist private or public. When the tick box is ticked, 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 that 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 the OK button when you've finished editing.

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 that you'd like to delete.
  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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