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YouTube update rolling out, brings Material Design and more

Material Design is finally here for YouTube! Version 6.0 of YouTube for Android is rolling out now, including an updated design, improved layouts and more.

Published onDecember 5, 2014

YouTube v6 Material Design Update Channel playing

The YouTube app for Android is rolling out an update to version 6.0 right now. The update finally brings Material Design to the app, and a little tweaking to the navigation panel as well and some updated search functionality.

YouTube for Android is available for free from the Google Play Store, but chances are you’ve already got it installed. The update began rolling out this afternoon and should find its way to your device over the weekend.

YouTube v6 Material Design Update Channel

The Material Design updates are about what you would expect. YouTube gets the color red, as you’d probably guess. Inside the app, however, YouTube is leveraging the Lollipop Palette API, which pulls colors from the a given channel and to determine what the top splash color should be. As it turns out, Android Authority scores the color blue.

In the left menu, your profile pic turns into a circle, in addition to the remaining Material Design backdrop styling. The Playlists section has also been removed.

YouTube v6 Material Design Update Left Menu and min


In the settings menu, you’ll find a few items moved around. Safe Search now lives within your General settings, and the old Search category has been renamed Privacy. Best of all, the Privacy section now includes a one tap option to clear your Watch history.

YouTube v6 Material Design Update Settings

YouTube 6.0 is rolling out now, grab a fresh copy from the Google Play Store or hang on tight, it is rolling out as we speak. If all else fails, and you just do not wish to wait, it is possible that a few folks have captured the apk (direct link) for download. Please remember to verify the download before install.

If you happened to miss it, we recently celebrated our one millionth subscriber to our own YouTube channel. We held a little Hangouts on air to thank our viewers and to answer some of your burning questions. Don’t worry if you missed it, we recorded it for you to watch again and again. Be sure to check out our celebration and have a look at the awesome giveaways we have to celebrate.

Material Design on YouTube, are you excited?