Whether you like it or not, Google has decided to phase out YouTube’s classic grid interface starting in March. The company also recommends users use the latest version of the browser to ensure they don’t miss all the features they’ve added in recent years. In 2017, Google introduced a new user interface for YouTube, a desktop browser, but users were mixed. The company has since made several adjustments, the most recent of which has caused outrage among users around the world by making the video thumbnails too large.
For now, the search giant still allows users to make changes to and switch on the old and new web interfaces based on their preferences. But in its latest official blog, Google says that will change next month. Because Google says it’s going to phase out the old Web interface, it means you’ll soon have to adapt to the dreaded Material makeover.
For those who insist on using the legacy Web interface, this adjustment may not be ideal, and users must update it to make the new UI work. Google says the older web interface lacks many of the new features and design improvements introduced over the past three years, including dark themes, picture-in-picture patterns and more. Google seems confident that it can meet the needs of users for larger thumbnails, longer video titles, and more, and to train algorithms to stop recommending content that users are not interested in.
The good news is that the old Web page will not be repealed immediately. If you’re still using the traditional UI, you’ll start seeing a notification asking you to “switch to a new YouTube.” Comments on YouTube’s support forums suggest that many users are unhappy with how the new UI works on its desktop, so we’ll have to wait and see if Google decides to consider that feedback.