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YouTube’s new gray progress bar is rolling out more widely

YouTube’s new gray progress bar is rolling out more widely

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The feature was in testing just a few weeks ago


If you’ve been hanging around YouTube long enough you might have been bothered by the fact that the video progress bar turns from white to red over time. That red really pops when you’re in full screen mode on a mobile device. But last month, we’ve learned that a less obtrusive gray or white color is being tested with some users of the Android app. It wouldn’t be a huge inclusion by any means, but it would make a nightly YouTube binge a little less taxing on the eyes. This feature is now rolling out more widely, including on our Pixel 6a.

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9to5Google received information from a number of users that the gray progress bar is now appearing on more devices this week. The progress bar turns red when the user plays, pauses, scrolls, or otherwise interacts with the video. However, after the heads-up interface disappears, this bar turns light gray if the device is in dark mode.

The progress bar stays red when the device or app is in a light theme, so the feature is almost certainly designed with nighttime YouTube consumption in mind.

The gray video progress bar is constantly present when viewed in portrait orientation, but only appears for a brief moment when the video is viewed in landscape orientation before moving out of the way of the video.

We at Android Police were also able to spot the new progress bar color on YouTube’s iPhone and iPad apps, so it should be available on most mobile devices now. Updating the app to its latest version can enable the feature, though it appears to be a server-side push — if it hasn’t appeared on your Android or iOS device, it probably will very soon.

YouTube had an eventful 2022 to say the least. The company announced that it was breaking 80 million subscribers along with YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in November. While the latter is still nowhere near the numbers of Spotify or Apple Music, steady subscriber growth certainly bodes well for Google.


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