YouTube updates

Use this article to stay up to date with all the latest changes on YouTube. If you're a YouTube Premium member, read about updates and promotions here. If you're a video creator, read about changes to creator tools and features here.

Latest updates

Updates from the past 2 weeks

  • Watch Shorts on Smart TVs and game consoles: YouTube Shorts have arrived on Smart TVs, game consoles, and other streaming devices. Selecting Shorts found on Shorts shelves across your YouTube homepage and channel pages will play the Short in a continuous-viewing experience made just for Shorts on TV. Learn more about watching YouTube Shorts.
  • Handles rolling out over coming weeks: Handles are unique identifiers that make it easier for you to establish and maintain your distinct presence on YouTube. Once all channel owners have handles, handles will show on your channel page, in search results, in Shorts, and more. Learn more about setting up your handle.
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Previous updates

Updates from the past 6 months

October 2022

  • Super Thanks Country Expansion: We’ve expanded Super Thanks to 30+ new countries/regions. Super Thanks lets you support your favorite creators by showing extra gratitude for their videos. When you buy Super Thanks you get a fun animation and a colorful, customizable comment. Learn more.

September 2022

  • Suggest edits on automatic captions pilot: We’re piloting a new feature that lets you suggest corrections to automatic captions. To suggest corrections, open the transcript, click pencil, and enter suggestions before clicking . During the pilot, suggested corrections are only shown to the submitter and aren’t live for other users. This feature is only available on desktop and for videos from participating channels that have automatic captions turned on. We'd love to get your feedback on this pilot.
  • Supers Country Expansion: Eligible creators in Thailand and Vietnam can now turn on Super Thanks, Super Chat & Super Stickers in YouTube Studio. Super Chat & Super Stickers connect fans with creators during live chat by purchasing highlighted messages and colorful animations. Super Thanks lets viewers buy a fun animation and a distinct, customizable comment on a video page. Learn how to turn on Super Chat & Super Stickers or Super Thanks.
  • Super Thanks on Shorts Beta: We’re introducing a new way for you to support your favorite creators’ Shorts with Super Thanks. During the beta, some viewers will notice on participating creators’ Shorts. When you buy Super Thanks, you get to post a distinct and customizable comment. This beta is only available for some creators and viewers right now, but we’re working to expand availability in the coming months. Check if you’re in the beta by looking for on Shorts. Learn more.

June 2022

Super Chat & Super Stickers Expansion: If you’re in Indonesia, you can now support your favorite creators during live chat with Super Chat & Super Stickers. Super Chat highlights your message in the live chat and Super Stickers gives you a colorful animation in the live chat feed. Learn more.

May 2022

  • Channel Memberships Gifting Beta: We’re introducing ways for channel members to buy a 1-month gift membership for others. On participating channels, members can buy gift memberships during live streams and Premieres, which we’ll  distribute to viewers of the channel. Once redeemed, gift memberships give viewers up to 1 month of channel membership perks. Learn more.

April 2022

  • Watch Shorts on computers, tablets, and mobile web: We’re bringing the Shorts player to computers, tablets, and mobile web on your phone. Everyone can now watch short videos in a viewing experience made for them. Tablet and mobile web viewers can also tap Shorts "" at the bottom of the app or browser screen to start watching Shorts.
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