YouTube’s Latest Redesign Is All About Bigger Thumbnails

Posted on November 8, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Music + Videos, YouTube with 6 Comments

YouTube is getting a brand-new look on the desktop and tablets. Google has started rolling out a tweaked look for YouTube’s homepage on the desktop, as well as YouTube on Android and iOS tablets.

The new look has been under testing for a little while, and it introduces some interesting changes.

First and foremost, the new redesign introduces bigger thumbnails. Google has made the video thumbnails much bigger than before, which means the homepage can now show longer video titles and higher resolution video previews. The homepage will also now show the channel icon for each video. Google says the company has also gotten rid of some content shelves as part of the “cleaner” design, which is supposed to help users find what to watch more easily.

There’s a really useful feature as part of this update, though. YouTube now comes with a new Add to Queue feature on the desktop that allows you to save videos to watch after the current one is finished, kind of like your Spotify song queue. You can add videos to queue right from the homepage, though the queue won’t be saved when you close your browser.

And last but not least, the new redesign also allows users to tell YouTube not recommend videos from a certain channel on the desktop which is a really nice addition.

The new design for YouTube is rolling out this week, and it will be available to everyone shortly.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “YouTube’s Latest Redesign Is All About Bigger Thumbnails”

  1. Usman

    Holy sh*t, that's my friend on the middle row first picture

  2. dontbeevil

    do they still slow down the website on competitors browsers?

  3. codymesh

    great, yet downgrade in information density.

  4. Chris_Kez

    Couldn’t they just make this configurable with a “Density” switch that offers high, medium, low?

  5. Thom77

    With this new design, Youtube is steering you even more now to their brand safe advertiser friendly content. And once you tell Youtube not to recommend any one of their brand safe, mainstream content, they will just replace it with another brand safe, advertiser friendly content so that feature is not as useful as one might think. Youtube is over as most of us have known it, and the younger generation will grow up on a Youtube that pushes their crap content and will have never known the awesomeness of discovering interesting, non mainstream, non advertisment friendly, even controversial content by going down rabbit holes of suggested videos BASED ON WHAT YOU WATCH - not by what Youtube wants you to watch.

    And thats by design.

  6. jshoq

    One thing I have noticed is that there are new YouTube apps for Xbox and Roku. I enjoyed seeing less ads on those platforms over browser windows. Now, I am seeing more ads on the "lean back" experience versus desktop browsers. Before, I used to see 1-2 adds in a 10 minute video with 1 ad at each break. Now, I am seeing 3-4 breaks with mostly 1 but every 3rd or 4th break having 2 ads.