YouTube is currently testing a new homepage design. According to social media experts you can enable the new design right now using a cookie. The advantage of this method is that you can clear the cookie to return to the old YouTube interface, no harm done.
However, take note that this is being tested right now by Google. This new test homepage may or may not become the new YouTube homepage in the future. For now, YouTube visitors can enable it using the following steps:
- Open the YouTube website.
- In Chrome, press Ctrl-Shift-j to open the Developer Tools
- In Firefox, press Ctrl-Shift-k to open the web console
- Enter document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU”; in the console tab.
- Reload the YouTube page.
As you follow these steps in your browsers, you will noticed that in the new homepage, YouTube users can find their channel information prominently displayed on the left side. Listed here are links to the channel videos, likes, history and watch later groups, subscription information, YouTube specific information like trending or what’s popular as well as suggested channels to subscribe to. So if you have a company channel, your visitors can easily know more about you using the new homepage.
The middle column is filled with updates from a user’s subscriptions. The right column displays recommended videos based on past videos that have been watched and activities on YouTube.
The new design seems to only affect the homepage and no other parts of the site. If you have tried please don’t hesitate to tell us what you think about it.