Along with two new apps, today's Update Wednesday has brought us a new version of YouTube with version 5.6.31. The previous version was 5.5.27, so it became clear right away that we should expect something relatively significant as opposed to simple bug fixes. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to disappoint those of you still waiting for offline and screen-off playback - those are not here just yet. There are no major UI changes either. So, what's new then? Let's take a look.

What’s New

Casting live videos

A little over a week ago, Google finally enabled casting of live videos from the desktop YouTube player. Unfortunately, this still didn't work on mobile, which was quite unfortunate, considering the first Coachella weekend that just passed. But hey, there's still that second weekend coming up.

The good news is that yes, Chromecasting live videos now works great. I tried the same QVC HD live stream that wasn't working previously, and it streamed like a champ. Observe:

Screenshot_2014-04-16-14-25-58 Screenshot_2014-04-16-14-27-25


Updated Watch Later UI

The Watch Later UI has been updated to be more in line with the rest of the app and looks like other playlists now rather than a simple list of videos. This only makes sense, and I'm kind of surprised it wasn't updated in 5.5 when the playlist refresh originally happened.

Screenshot_2014-04-16-14-40-24 Screenshot_2014-04-16-14-40-39

Left: Watch Later in YouTube 5.5. Right: Watch Later in new YouTube 5.6

Spot anything else I missed? Drop a comment below.


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-5.6.31.apk.

Version: 5.6.31 (Android 4.0.3+).

MD5: e79d1b29f29c55bb223734fa799e48b5.

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  • sssgadget

    Great for watching live concerts!

  • Neto Cavalcanti

    Just because the Coachella already over.

  • Gonçalo Silva

    When I update the YouTube app, I always think: "Please, let me see videos with the app minimized!". But, guess what, nothing happens and the feature is never added...

    • Eric

      Yep. I hate when I have to respond a msg while watching YT.

    • GazaIan

      There is a YouTube app called Viral, I think you may like it.

      • AssToast

        Last time I checked, it was kinda buggy and no where as good in terms of UI with the YouTube app but having screen off playback and floating window is quite nice

  • Phil

    Well, the only thing i would really like to see is a Quality Bump. Being able to use 720p and mostly 1080p would be welcome but i guess this will never happen.

    • SSDROiD

      It's not as specific as choosing what pixel-quality to use, but the functionality to watch in HD or SD has been there for a while...

  • Leif Sikorski

    And still has the weird limitation that we can't access all channels we've subscribed to. It's pretty annoying that it shows only the first 100 channels.

  • Joe Micelli

    All I want to know is if I've watched a video before. Just put "watched" on the preview image like the website does! WTF

  • AbbyZFresh

    I'm still waiting for offline downloading Google. What's taking it so long.

  • Marcus Allen

    AndroidPolice was already a go to sight and then you just throw some System of A Down at me. Now I'm hooked

  • Rist Tah

    The changelog says "Improved video quality for Android 4.2 and above ". Does this mean a change of codecs? Maybe a switch to vp9? Or even h.265? Or perhaps a simple bit rate improvement?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's the old changelog.

  • WORPspeed

    Can't find the "make videos available offline" option for subscriptions and watch later. Has it been removed? :(

  • Gaurav Arora

    Google please bring background audio when you run the app in the background...please T_T

  • DocBrown

    Hmm, still no channel folders in the app? My channel list is a chaos in the app! I'm missing a lot of channels and the order puzzles me.

  • usaff22

    Still waiting for the ability to choose what definition to play the video in. The YouTube app for iPhone has it, Android doesn't. We only have HD or non-HD, and we can't even use HD on mobile data.

  • scrpn

    "Improved video quality for Android 4.2 and above"

    Doesn't this solve the terrible upscale (pixelated look) of videos many of us were suffering from with youtube app lately? For instance, see: http://www.reddit.com/r/Nexus5/comments/1q9fjs/youtube_hd_is_only_720p_which_is_fine_i_guess_but/

    Might be worth investigating...

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Removing a video from Watch Later now takes you back to the top of the Watch Later playlist. It used to do that way back when in an old version, then a later YT app update fixed it, now it's back!

    Really stinks for us folk with a lot of videos in Watch Later. At least now it's sorted by by oldest-first, so that's a plus!

  • mikeym0p

    I download my apks from AP so much, I'm still not sure whether installing them (even though they're signed) breaks Play Stores detection of the app version.

  • DannyDPX

    Anyone else notice that this update finally gives youtube the account picker? :)

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

    @archon810:disqus, you really gotta stop watching QVC man

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Haha, I don't, but it's the first 24-hour live feed I found that streams in HD.