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How to Use the YouTube App's New Voice Search Feature When Casting to a Smart TV

Tuesday December 24, 2019 4:30 am PST by
The official YouTube app for iOS has gained a new voice search feature that aims to make searching for content easier when you're casting YouTube video to a smart TV. Once you've connected your iPhone or iPad to a smart TV, you can search with your voice via the mobile app, as well as use it to pause, play, and adjust the volume on your TV. Here's how it works. Download and launch the You...

How to Disable Autoplaying Videos in the YouTube App's Home Tab

Tuesday December 4, 2018 5:20 am PST by
Over the next few weeks, YouTube is rolling out a new feature for its mobile app called "Autoplay on Home," which automatically plays videos that appear on your Home tab. As you scroll through your Home feed, videos will begin to play on mute with captions auto-enabled. Google claims the previously Premium-only feature is a better way to experience new content on the go, and will help you...

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YouTube Rolls Out 'Chapters' Feature to Mark Specific Content in a Video

Friday May 29, 2020 3:44 am PDT by
YouTube is rolling out a new Chapters feature across mobile and web that should make searching through a video for specific content a lot less annoying. One of the frustrating things about YouTube is having to scrub through long videos and stopping and starting playback to find the content that interests you. Until now, users had to rely on considerate YouTubers adding a list of timestamps...

Apple TV 3 Owners Report Issues Viewing YouTube Content

Wednesday April 8, 2020 3:39 am PDT by
Google appears to have handicapped its YouTube support for the third-generation Apple TV, based on hundreds of user complaints on Apple’s support forums and in YouTube’s Help Center. Multiple users are reporting problems accessing certain YouTube content such as music videos. When attempting to watch the content, viewers are being met with the message "An error occurred loading this content. ...

YouTube to Launch New 'Shorts' Feature to Rival TikTok

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:05 pm PDT by
YouTube is working on a new feature called "Shorts" that will replicate the short videos shared on popular social networking app TikTok, reports The Information. YouTube's Shorts will exist within the current YouTube mobile app and will see YouTube offering a feed of brief videos posted by YouTube users that will be able to take advantage of YouTube's catalog of licensed music....

YouTube Will Temporarily Limit Video Streaming Quality Worldwide Starting Today

Tuesday March 24, 2020 7:41 am PDT by
YouTube will begin reducing the quality of its videos for users around the world starting today. With a growing percentage of people staying at home for the next few weeks and months, YouTube hopes this new streaming quality limit will keep the video sharing website running smoothly amid the increased traffic (via Bloomberg). This change began in Europe last week, and will hit worldwide over ...

YouTube to Follow Netflix's Lead and Reduce Stream Quality in Europe to Ease Strain on Broadband Networks

Friday March 20, 2020 3:58 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube is reducing the quality of its videos in Europe to reduce the strain on broadband networks caused by an upsurge in home usage following the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports. "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default," the company said in a statement. Standard definition videos...

YouTube Rolls Out New 'Explore' Tab to All Users on Mobile

Friday March 13, 2020 4:08 am PDT by
Google is rolling out a new "Explore" tab in its official YouTube mobile app after several months of experiments and testing. 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 ...

YouTube TV Ending Support for App Store Subscriptions in March

Thursday February 13, 2020 10:56 am PST by
YouTube today sent out emails to customers who are subscribed to its YouTube TV service through Apple's App Store, letting them know that ‌App Store‌ subscriptions are going to be discontinued in March. From the emails:You're currently subscribed to YouTube TV through Apple in-app purchases, so we're writing to let you know that, starting March 13, 2020, YouTube TV will no longer accept...

YouTube Working on Apple TV Channels-Like Feature for Third-Party Video Subscriptions

Monday February 10, 2020 2:33 pm PST by
YouTube is considering offering a feature that would let people sign up for subscription services from third-party entertainment companies through YouTube, reports The Information. Such a feature would be similar to Apple TV Channels and the Amazon Channels option from Amazon, both of which allow users to sign up for paid video services through their Apple ID and Amazon accounts, respectively. ...

YouTube iOS App Gains 'Topics' to Filter Your Subscriptions Feed

Wednesday January 15, 2020 12:59 am PST by
Google has updated its official YouTube iOS app with Subscription feed "topics" in an effort to make it easier for users to catch up with their favorite creators. The topics appear below the top row of followed channels and essentially act as filters for content that you subscribe to. The default setting is "All," which lists all videos from channels you're subscribed to, from newest to...

Apple to Live Stream September 10 Event on YouTube

Friday September 6, 2019 2:57 pm PDT by
For the first time, Apple will live stream its Tuesday, September 10 event on YouTube, Apple announced today using a placeholder video uploaded to the site. Apple is allowing YouTube users to set a reminder to get a notification when the event begins. It is set to kick off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 10. Cupertino calling. Join us for an Apple special event live from the Steve...

YouTube Adds 'Don't Recommend Channel' and New Explore Tools for Finding Content

Wednesday June 26, 2019 11:25 am PDT by
Google today announced several new features coming to YouTube, all of which are designed to give users more control over the kind of content that appears on the Homepage and in Up Next video suggestions. For removing video suggestions from channels users are uninterested in, there's a new YouTube option called "Don't recommend channel." It's accessible by tapping on the three-dot menu next to...

YouTube Switches to Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Strategy for Original TV Shows

Friday May 3, 2019 3:18 am PDT by
YouTube on Thursday announced a new original TV content strategy that will see the Google-owned video hub make new programs available to users on a free, ad-supported basis (via Deadline). Nine new programs will be made available on YouTube this year, with a mix of original content, including a documentary about sports tricks outfit Dude Perfect, and an interactive series featuring YouTube...

YouTube App Now Natively Supports 2018 iPad Pro Displays, But Home Indicator Overlaps Menu Bar [Fixed]

Monday January 14, 2019 5:50 am PST by
YouTube updated its iOS app over the weekend with native support for the layout and resolutions of the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro displays, but as noted on Twitter and Reddit, the home indicator now overlaps the bottom menu bar. Two steps forward, one step backward for now, but hopefully Google addresses this issue in a subsequent update to the app. On the iPhone X and newer, the...

YouTube App for iOS Gains HDR Support for iPhone XS and XS Max

Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:06 pm PDT by
YouTube this week introduced an update to its iOS app, quietly adding HDR support on the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models, as pointed out on Reddit. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max, like the iPhone X, feature "Super Retina" HDR displays that support HDR videos. HDR videos offer up a broader range of colors and luminance compared to non-HDR content. When watching HDR videos on YouTube, ...

YouTube Updates Smartphone Apps With 'Time Watched' Digital Health Tool

Monday August 27, 2018 8:35 am PDT by
YouTube is the latest app to gain a new "digital wellbeing" section in its iOS and Android apps, allowing you to see how much time you've spent watching YouTube recently. Google announced at I/O in May that it would be introducing a "Time watched" section in YouTube, and today the rollout has begun. Once you update YouTube on iOS to version 13.33, open the app and tap your profile picture in...

Twitch Plans to 'Aggressively Broaden' its Content and Expand Beyond Gaming as it Battles YouTube

Wednesday August 15, 2018 5:45 am PDT by
Twitch, the platform known as a place to watch streamers play games like League of Legends, Fortnite, and Overwatch, is now looking into becoming a "broader video service" that would cater to lifestyle vloggers from rival company YouTube. According to a report today by Bloomberg, Amazon-owned Twitch has decided to "aggressively broaden" the programming on the platform to directly compete with...

YouTube Testing New Explore Tab on Mobile Devices

Monday July 23, 2018 4:48 pm PDT by
YouTube today announced on its Creator Insider channel that it is experimenting with a new Explore Tab on mobile devices, which is designed to expose YouTube viewers to content they might not otherwise experience. The Explore Tab will recommend different topics, channels, or videos that wouldn't typically come up in a user's traditional feed. Explore Tab recommendations are still personalized...

YouTube Testing Non-Chronological Video Order in Subscription Feeds for Some Users

Thursday May 24, 2018 6:29 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, YouTube this week confirmed that it is "experimenting" with a way to organize its users Subscription Feeds that removes reverse chronological order and uses algorithms to "personalize" the video order. The news came from the @TeamYouTube Twitter account after it responded to a disgruntled user (via iGeneration)....

New $10 YouTube Music Service to Launch Next Week, Replacing Google Play Music

Thursday May 17, 2018 1:08 am PDT by
Google is launching YouTube Music next week, shortly followed by YouTube Premium – a revamped version of its ad-free YouTube Red subscription service with a renewed focus on original programming. Announced on Wednesday in a blog post, the shake-up in services represents a splitting of the original YouTube Red subscription model, which gave users both ad-free music streaming and access to original ...

YouTube Testing Incognito Mode for Private Video Browsing in Mobile App

Tuesday May 15, 2018 9:14 am PDT by
Google has offered an Incognito Mode in its Chrome web browser for nearly ten years now, offering users the chance to disable their browsing history and web cache while the mode remains active. Features like Incognito Mode offer peace of mind since users can navigate to any website without being tracked and without cookies being stored, all while maintaining the same features as a normal web...