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How to switch to YouTube’s big Material Design makeover right now, before it launches

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:16PM EST
YouTube Material Design

When Google redesigned the Android interface using its new “Material Design” guidelines, users were ecstatic. It’s not that Android’s old design was particularly bad, but the new and improved look of Android was sleek and modern. In fact, Material Design arguably made Android the best-looking mobile platform in the world.

After Android got its big makeover, other Google sites and services began to enjoy redesigns using the same Material look and feel. But after all this time, one of Google’s most popular sites — YouTube — has yet to get its Material makeover… until now.

Google is testing a fantastic new design for the YouTube website and it should be released at some point in the coming weeks. You don’t have to wait another minute to check out YouTube’s new design though, and we’ll tell you how in this post.

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According to web traffic monitor Alexa, the YouTube site is the No. 2 website on the planet in terms of monthly web traffic. The world’s top site is, you guessed it,

Since so many people rely on YouTube each day, Google needs to take its time in redesigning the site in order to make sure that the new layout doesn’t ruffle too many feathers. Some people will obviously be upset when the new design rolls out since some amount of backlash is inevitable when anything changes on the internet. But in general, the aim is to modernize YouTube’s look without sacrificing functionality.

From the looks of things, Google is doing a very good job so far.

The new YouTube design is still being tested by Google, but the revamped site looks terrific so far. How do we know? Because a Reddit user posted instructions detailing how you can check out the fresh new YouTube design beginning immediately:

1) go to

2) open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)

3) go to the “Resources” tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the youtube domain

4) go to the “Console” tab and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:


5) reload the page

That’s it! You should now be able to enjoy Google’s gorgeous new Material Design on the YouTube site. Just in case you’re not up for it though, you can see a few screenshots below.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.