How to Enable Google’s Material Design for YouTube

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Google has been recently working on giving a Material Design makeover to all of its desktop products. Keeping with the trend Google seems to have already worked out an update for Youtube.

On implementing a few tweaks we were able to enable it in Google Chrome. The homepage has a Material Design-inspired Search bar in the centre and an upload arrow has replaced the “Upload” button similar to what we see in most of Google’s Mobile Apps.


There has been a noticeable change to the Channel pages where the background colour now matches the dominant color of your header image. The logo is circular, previously it had square stylings and altogether less engaging page layout. The pages seem to come alive as they give creators a more personal feeling as they’re the lifeblood of the platform.

The video player page itself is actually one of the least changed aspects under the material design guidelines, with the introduction of more whitespace around videos, rather than a grey background to help demarcate between different page

The circular icon theme has also been applied to the main sidebar menu, which gives it a neat and modern look. We can view a few changes in the Chrome Browser though few other changes are yet to be discovered. Thanks to the directions made available by a Reddit user GiorgioMarinel via Android Police. These modifications work well in Chrome browser and using the US version of Youtube, rather than the local

1) go to https:
2) open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)
3) go to the ‘Resources’ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the YouTube domain
4) go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:

The Material Design changes can be seen only while you are not logged in your Youtube account. Just in case you are logged in while doing the above procedure, log out and view the changes.


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