Google is rolling out a new "Explore" tab in its official YouTube mobile app after several months of experiments and testing.

youtube explore tab
The new tab replaces the "Trending" tab, and includes the same trending content but also links to destination pages of YouTube's existing video categories, including Gaming, Music, News, and more. As Google explains:

With Explore, you not only have access to Trending videos, but also to destination pages for some popular content categories like Gaming, Music, Fashion & Beauty, Learning and more – all from one place.

Below the category links is a carousel of videos from the latest "Creator on the Rise" or "Artist on the Rise." The carousel is updated daily, providing additional exposure for the platform's content creators.

Below that is the typical scrolling vertical list of trending videos, which can also be accessed from the top of the page using the Trending button, which is foremost in the new links. According to Google, Trending displays the same list of trending videos to all users, wherever they are in the world.

As it stands, there's no way to create custom destination pages or personalized category links, and the list of pre-made categories isn't particularly comprehensive, so hopefully that's something Google plans to add in time.

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Top Rated Comments

chris4565 Avatar
54 months ago
Why is YouTube adding things like this instead of adding fundamental iOS features like automatic dark mode? :rolleyes:
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hockeyamd Avatar
54 months ago
Or the community features on iPad
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Morgenland Avatar
54 months ago

Yup, it’s ridiculous. The MacRumors website is a prime example how a website should be with the automatic light/dark mode switching. Of course not every company has the capacity to build a proper dark mode theme. But a company such as Google, come on ?
Why should they do? Google does not love Apple.


Or even more fundamental things like supporting 4K video on iOS? It's crazy that it's not supported!!
Why should they do? Google does not love Apple.


Yep, just checked and I have the explore tab now.
Yep, great of you to share that with us! So what was your next step?
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millerlite Avatar
54 months ago
Not sure why a YouTube development is a news item on Mac Rumors
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chris4565 Avatar
53 months ago
Yup, the ads in the app before a video starts to play get increasingly annoying. In the past, there was at most 1 ad that could be skipped soon and now I sometimes see 2 ads which on top aren't skippable. Plus the fact that vertical ads cover most of the screen sometimes. Plus the fact that e. g. at the end of a video when an ad plays and you are deeply scrolled down in the comments section it just jumps up. All in all the YouTube app isn't really enjoyable as it is right now in my opinion.

Unfortunately I don't think there's going to change anything in the future regarding this.
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xmr Avatar
54 months ago

Why is YouTube adding things like this instead of adding fundamental iOS features like automatic dark mode? :rolleyes:
Or even more fundamental things like supporting 4K video on iOS? It's crazy that it's not supported!!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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