YouTube updates

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


Latest updates

Updates from the past 2 weeks


Community and comments
  • Experiment with like/dislike button designs on mobile: With a small group of users, we’re testing designs for the like and dislike buttons on video watch pages. Some of these designs won’t include a visible like or dislike count. If you're in the experiment, you can still like or dislike a video to help tune the recommendations you see on YouTube. Creators will still be able to see the exact number of likes and dislikes on their videos in YouTube Studio. 
Other updates
  • Supervised experience on YouTube (launched in beta): Supervised experience on YouTube is a new choice for parents to allow their children (under 13 or relevant age in their country/region) to access YouTube through a supervised account.

Previous updates

Updates from the past 6 months

February 2021

  • Browse & watch sports on the new sports destination page: You can now enjoy watching popular sports content from the redesigned sports destination page on YouTube. Find this page plus other destination pages by going to the Explore tab in the YouTube mobile app, or the left side navigation on a web browser or a smart TV device.

    Learn more about sports on YouTube.

January 2021

  • No new updates. Check back soon!

December 2020

  • No new updates. Check back soon!

November 2020

  • Respectful comment reminders on Android (available for English comments only): YouTube Android app users may now see a notification intended to encourage respectful interactions when posting comments. Learn more.
  • YouTube Premium free channel membership: From November 9 to December 31, 2020, some users in Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., Japan, and South Korea will get 1 free channel membership per month if they sign up and pay for YouTube Premium or are existing paying YouTube Premium members (restrictions apply). Eligible viewers can see this promotion on your membership’s offer screen. You’ll earn the same amount as you would from 1 month of a paid membership. Learn more.

October 2020

  • Pairing your computer with your TV using a TV code is no longer available: Using a TV code to cast from a web browser on your computer to your TV is no longer supported. You can still use a TV code to link your phone or tablet to your TV. To cast from a web browser to your TV, you’ll now need to connect over Wi-Fi. Learn how.
  • Election results info in Search: On November 3, 2020, Election Day in the US, we’re launching election results information panels. These panels show at the top of your search results when you search for content related to the US state or federal elections. They may also show under a video that discusses the US election. These panels will direct you to Google’s “Election Results” feature, which sources election results from The Associated Press. Learn more.
  • Video player updates on the YouTube app: When watching videos in the YouTube app (Android and iOS), you may notice some new and updated features:
    • With Suggested actions, you can get suggestions to improve your viewing experience, like flipping your device horizontally when watching videos shot in landscape mode.
    • With Chapters list view, a list of chapters will show on a video so you can jump right to the part of a video you’re most interested in.
    • Autoplay and closed captions buttons can now be found at the top of the video player.
  • Update to your channel page in the YouTube mobile app: You’ll now only see your public videos listed on your Home and Videos tabs of your channel page in the YouTube mobile app, so you can be sure your channel page only shows what your viewers see. All your videos (public, private, and unlisted) can now be managed from your Library under Your Videos. Similarly, you’ll now only see your public playlists in the Playlists tab of your channel page. All your playlists (public and private) can now be managed from your Library under Playlists. Learn more about video privacy settings.
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