YouTube Rolling Out Player Redesign, New Gesture Controls for Android and iOS

Yolanda Curtis
October 27, 2020

Users will be able to see a complete list of all chapters "included in the video that they are watching, each with a preview thumbnail of what you'll find in that chapter".

YouTube is rolling out a series of updates to its mobile app, in order to enhance the viewing experience for Android and iOS users. The update includes the relocation of some elements, adds new features and playback controls.

YouTube for iOS Gaining New Gestures and Controls

According to a blog post by YouTube, the company has introduced five major changes recently. By swiping down on a playing video, the latter rotates into landscape mode and enters full-screen. The new update is making it easier for the users to navigate chapters.

YouTube is bringing the captions button right to the primary video player interface with this update.

To make captions more accessible, we've moved the button to a more prominent location, directly on the video player on phones.

Now you can enter and exit full-screen mode more intuitively. YouTube also said buttons have been re-arranged slightly "that make any action you take even faster".

YouTube says that it will be testing the rearranged autoplay toggle design on Desktop soon. Through this list view, you can simply tap on the chapter title in the player to quickly switch to it. Further, there is also a new Bedtime Reminder that will alert users when its time for bed. Android Central reports that the YouTube app will get some new gestures for full-screen mode and video chapter lists, among other new features. The company said it will add more suggestions over the course of time.

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