redesigned youtube app

After several months of testing with iOS users randomly selected, the YouTube app received a major redesign today, including a new logo, bringing the overall look in line with its Android counterpart. The app is now divided into three main content areas which can be accessed via a swipe gesture: Home, Subscription, and Account.

The Home tab shows a list of videos that are suggested for you based on your YouTube history. The subscription tab shows videos from channels you are subscribed to. Finally, the Account tab shows your videos, playlists, etc.

On top of the new design direction, this update also brings new in-app editing tools.

New YouTube app
Before (left), and after (right)

The update is still propagating through the App Store so it might not be immediately available to you.

What do you think of this new design? Yay or nay?

Thanks Matthew for the heads up!

  • Alex Mancheler


  • xHeavyKevy

    I updated my app I have the new icon and everything but the look is still the same when I open the app

    • Force quit the app and launch it again.

      • B.A.M.F.

        i did force quit the app and its still the same look on the inside. I got the new icon “which is terrible” but thats it… who knows… just one bug in ios 9 i guess. my 6 plus runs ios 9 like its got iphone 4 hardware if that tells you anything….

      • Nesly Lacroix

        Having a similar experience.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I’m sticking with the older version. The new one is not as simple.

  • Nick Martinez

    Does it allow audio in the background outside the app? I’ve just been using the website since the YouTube app sucked and didn’t allow me to listen to music in the background.

    • Cal J

      You can get this with a Jailbreak.

    • Nope you still can’t and I don’t understand why not

    • Okada San

      Check out Playtube Video Player in the App Store. It allows this. I believe Playtube propagates its videos straight from YouTube, or something like that. I use it and it works for my purposes.

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      That’s against there Tersm and service, no way they would allow that

    • Eyal Rotem

      Tubex will allow that, enjoy

    • Waleed

      youtubed Jailbreak Tweak does that 🙂
      Also Youtube++ (best tweak for youtube app) from the Unlimapps repo


  • Jack Wong

    We still don’t get the buffer option…

  • Pukka12

    i didnt realize this was a new update as mine was updated months ago, i can tell you the app is horrible, still randomly crashes on my ipad and iphone 6plus. youtube app was much more stable in the early days of ios when it was a native app.

    • Chris

      Protube for YouTube is still my favourite.

      • totempole90

        Is this from Cydia or Appstore?

      • Chris

        App store.

    • White Michael Jackson

      These days I use tubex for youtube.

    • Steve Norris

      YouPlayer is the one… It supports picture in picture in Ios9…. The picture in picture also good for music streaming… Just shrink the picture down to a postage stamp and enjoy music while using other apps.

  • Matt

    I like the old design better because I could just swipe open the sidebar while anywhere in the app and hop to a place I want to go. Now in order for me to go to history, I have to take like 10 steps.
    Need to investigate on how to get the old app back.

    • Chris

      If you have a local iTunes backup from within the last two weeks, you can install the old version via iTunes by syncing the IPA file in your Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Mobile Applications folder.

      Just make sure you delete the new app from your device beforehand.

      • Matt

        Will have to do that. Thanks!

  • Bravotango19


  • Stayo

    I must have been selected because i have had this update for months now and didn’t even update the app. Curious to how they changed the design layout with me updating the app. The logo was the same though, until now when i updated.

    • Mario Britten

      Exactly the same thing here…First thought iDB has a problem with their site showing old news but it seems like I was one of the beta testers without knowing

  • Guy

    Looks cleaner, nice

  • Tylor Jackson

    My iPad mini 3 was updated YouTube new design only icon and i think YouTube didn’t done design into YouTube just like iPhone YouTube :/

  • Tylor Jackson

    I just YouTube was updated design icon and look awesome I like it than old design YouTube look ugly my opinion 🙂

  • I got the new interface without updating the app, maybe it’s enforced server-side?

  • JRDN

    Am I the only one who hates this update? My iPhone looks like an Android now.. -_-

  • askep3

    Finally the YouTube app is updated to look like the YouTube gaming app

  • Blip dude

    Umm, I got the update. On the App Store page, it shows the red icon, yet on my home page I have the white icon with the old interface.

    • pr1son3r

      open it , then kill it from appswitcher and open it again ._.

      • Kenneth Delgado

        Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  • Rowan09

    But yet I still need Google + to comment properly and no offline mode. The YouTube app in general sucks, so I careless about a redesign.

    • iPhoneWINS


  • port87

    killed the cercube 2 tweak tho. dammit.

    • Den

      cercube hasn’t work properly since the last youtube update.I agree this new update will kill it….shame,Cercube was my only reason to keep the jailbreak.

  • mahe

    I hate the new UI …

  • The new design is awesome.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Tubex is the app better than YouTube itself take a look at the stars and positive reviews in the AppStore and it gives you a better view of the videos in the home screen, etc. The negative? The ad banners but I can blame them that’s how they pay the servers!

  • Tim

    For some reason this new version is a bit complicated, I liked to have all my subscribed channels on the left menu than to have them only as icons now

  • iPhoneWINS

    it still sucks

  • Razick Rilshad

    I like the new design

  • Devin Hextor

    It sucks.. The top header portion takes up 1/2 my phone giving me less videos to look at

  • Tony Karam

    Is it only me or this design has been on my phone for at least a week or 2?