Google is quietly rolling out an update to YouTube for Android with version 5.2.27 on top of the current version 5.1.10. If you're eager to install it right now, we have some download links towards the end of the post.

What’s new?

While 5.2.27 does have a whole bunch of changes under-the-hood which are mostly related to the upcoming offline download support, there are, surprisingly, no UI tweaks and new features that you can dive into right now.

Usually, when we see an app go from X.1 to X.2, there is at least something new to play with, but after looking at every screen I could think of, I saw nothing. Outside of the existing and pretty much broken preloading of videos in subscriptions and the Watch later list, offline support that is supposed to let us cache videos for up to 48 hours without a working Internet connection is currently still MIA. Perhaps Google will be able to flip the switch server-side and turn it on in November, or maybe there will be a follow-up update later. 5.2.27 feels like a ticking time bomb, which is strangely exciting.

However, I do have some good great awesome news. We're still combing through all the source files, but I can promise you right now that the APK teardown is coming, and a lot of you will be ecstatic after seeing it. In the meantime, grab the APK and start hunting for more changes.

Update: [APK Teardown: YouTube 5.2.27] Hallelujah! Background Audio Is Finally Coming To YouTube For Android.



The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.youtube-5.2.27.apk.

Version: 5.2.27.

MD5: 212e281cf59916852c92e6d3ec3f090d.

Thanks, @TheNewsHQ!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • have a break

    5*2.27. Or 10.27. I think that's a hint.

    • Shing93

      How is that a hint? At anything for that matter.

      • Herman

        I think he means, if the sun is in a certain position with the moon, forming a pythagorean triangle including the earth, and if 10 would be the month where 27 would be a specific date of that certain month, then you may get the date on which sir Have-a-Break thinks Android KitKat may be released.

        Isn't it obvious?

      • Bob G

        Lol somebody doesn't get it.

    • dzixon

      Half life 3 confirmed

    • eider

      5*2+10*10+3+1000-100 = 10 | 13
      Nexus 10 2013 confirmed!

  • miri

    All this offline business is great and all, but really what I want is for them to fix the hamburger menu so that it's only opened with an edge-swipe. But I guess with YouTube you have to have at least one reason to hate their guts at any given moment.

    • Ahmato27

      Serious? I actually like the fact that you don't need to specifically swipe the edge to bring out the menu. It's way more convenient like that.

      • Colin Kealty

        In this scenario where there are no tabs it makes sense, where it makes the most sense to have the edge swipe is when you need to differentiate between two different swipes

      • Mike

        If we had card swipe for our subscriptions and watch later they would have to get rid of it.

  • Gautam

    are we finally getting background play ?

  • Danny Holyoake

    Oh boy. I hope we'll finally be able to leave the app and have the video still play.

  • Armando Rodriguez

    "a lot of you will be ecstatic after seeing it"

    Background audio? pop up video outside the app?

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    So here is a theory/question
    Is google like bringing app upgrades that you would get announced along with kitkat before and then just flip the switch and make it available to all as soon as they have the keynote or whatever.
    First the play store now youtube.


  • Biba Nishima

    Thanks Youtube Thank you so much Youtube team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth.

    • Milton P.

      I see what you did there.

      • Morten Ulveseth

        It isn't or are you just being hilarious? ^^

    • Matthew Fry

      I see this is going to be a thing.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    The background audio selection is not in the APK I installed...

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Yeah, I downloaded the AP mirror 1, and it says that I have 5.2.27, but there's no option for background Audio. Any suggestions Artem et al.? Or should we just wait for the OTA version?

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Without background audio enabled, it's a useless update :'(

  • NinoBr0wn

    Please direct replies. Please.

  • Eddy315West

    installed this on my galaxy s4 sprint version and i don't even see the background audio version

  • http://www.rubenalamina.mx/ Ruben Alamina

    If I install this app from the APK it will receive automatic updates like manually installing the Googe Play or other systems apps? If not, I will wait until the update shows up on my devices. Thanks.

    • miri

      Auto-updates still work.

      • http://www.rubenalamina.mx/ Ruben Alamina

        That's what I thought, thanks for confirming that.

  • Daniel Song

    Will this work on a tablet?

  • SurvivalPolicyâ„¢

    UI for Tablets are clunky and impossible to navigate, Nexus 7 (2014)

    • whispy_snippet

      No such thing as a Nexus 7 2014 but thanks for playing.

    • Michael Pahl

      I strongly suggest the XDA version for your *2013 Nexus 7. It allows for full 1080p video streaming. Just Google XDA YouTube 1080p

  • Roberto Stefanini

    That's cool and all, but they still haven't fixed the "press full screen button to make it landscape full screen" on my nexus 7. Phone is fine. Nexus not. Why would you want to keep the video portrait if you press full screen? It doesn't make it any bigger

  • whispy_snippet

    I've encountered a bug with this apk and how it interacts with chromecast. I was watching a video with chromecast then decided to disconnect to use my N7. Afterwards, while watching YouTube on my tablet only, the screen went semi transparent with the chromecast connect logo sitting in the middle of the screen. YouTube was interacting in an unusual way with my chromecast even when I hadn't chosen to connect. I force quit YouTube and it didn't fix the issue. I had to reboot my chromecast.

    Might be worth waiting for the official roll out of YouTube if you use chromecast a lot. I've rolled back a version.

    • remister

      I have the same issue on my HTC One and Nexus 7 2013. I sideloaded the APK on HTC One and officially updated the Nexus 7 2013. I think if you have any Bluetooth device paired (doesn't have to be connected) the icon will show. As the icon will let the user decide to output the side to the speakers, headset, or chromecast (which is your case)

  • DroidMe

    I installed 5.2.27 on Note 2 and Background Audio arent in the settings? How come?

    • Michael Pahl

      read article

  • Tyrel ting

    Direct reply to comments?

  • Doublezero

    Can't be installed on CM 11