Update Wednesday is here, and it's time to start things off with YouTube. The latest release makes the jump up to version 5.9, and it's quite a hefty one. This time around we see the file size jump up an additional 2MB. Here's what you're getting with those extra bits.

What’s New

All of the immediate changes we've noticed are related to YouTube playlists. For starters, they now have a contextual menu that provides quicker access to pre-existing features. With it, you can share or save playlists to your sidebar for quick access later.


Inside a playlist, there's now an Add button that sits where the Like icon used to be. Functionality wise, the result is the same. Google's just changed the terms around.

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Left two, new. Right, old.

This last change is less of a superficial difference. You now get a View All button in the sidebar under Playlists instead of the previous Show More option that used to reveal more lists in the same area. The new View All button goes to your profile's Playlists tab instead.


Google has yet to publish a changelog, so there may be other changes tucked away here that we have yet to encounter. Hit up the APK below and let us know if you spot anything else, as these changes on their own likely don't account for the 2MB difference in file size.


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-


MD5: 424439a05d1ba7ca03f80277ec388c69.

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  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Where is my option to play videos (music) with sound in the background?

    • chris125

      That has been a desired feature forever and google just seems to continue putting that on the back burner

      • Kirk Johnson

        Why would they do that when they can charge you for all access?

        • Open1Your1Eyes0

          Funny thing is I've seen many bands and songs on Youtube that aren't on All Access surprisingly. That's pretty much all I care about.

        • navjot

          Speaking of all access, why can't there be a link in music videos on youtube that let you open up a song in Google Music? Google has all these useful services, I just wish they would integrate them better.

          • wicketr

            And conversely, why can't i look up the YouTube video from Google Music?

          • splityouratoms

            You can, just hit share on the song and you will have the option to get the youtube video.

    • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

      Man Google really ought to start a music streaming service! That'd be something...


    • joser116

      I think this will come with the rumored subscription service and that this will debut with update 6.0. We are now at 5.9 so you won't need to wait that long.

      • WORPspeed

        Doubt it....Odds are 6.0 will be the MAterial Design makeover and I don't think they'll throw in music subs in there....too much change confuses the commoners :P

        • joser116

          Well just have to wait and see

          • Alex

            I'd assume 6.0 will be a major update (let's not forget 5.91 2 3) with all big labels are on board. As for the much desired background audio, Pandora is allowing it with Ads, YouTube shouldn't be far off free w/Ads, paid without Ads...

            There's only 1 other service whose collection is larger than iTunes and it starts with Yo... :)

    • Matthew Fry

      It'll come. As soon as Youtube Music is a thing.

    • hyperbolic

      This will happen in Android 10.0 - Snickers.
      Maybe my children will have the opportunity to have this feature.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Oh god i so hope this will solve the stupid issues i'm having with YouTube... either they picked me to test a new type of streaming or something but all videos for me are streamed progressively so like Netflix, I select 1080p and have to wait until it goes up 1080p, sometimes can take a minute even on my fibre broadband,

    • joser116

      Wtf I hate this. It should switch to whatever resolution you pick right away.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        I know right? when did they even add this? so stupid...

        • joser116

          It's on desktop, idk why they did this. It's supposedly so that if you have a low connection it seamlessly switches to a lower resolution WHILE you are playing the video and without doing playback. I wish they could do that but once I choose the resolution, it should stay at that resolution and do so right away. I really don't care if the playback pauses in order to do this.

          • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

            On Android once i select 1080p it selects that resolution on all videos that support it, however it's still progressive.

  • Adam B.

    I am a bit disappointed by this update to be honnest

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

      I have a feeling something is hiding inside that Google may unleash with just a flip switch on the server. Something big.

      • PoisonApple31

        Like 1440p big?

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    This is kinda OT but does anyone know why not all my subscriptions show in the sidebar both in the app and on the desktop?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Because you have too many of them

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        ~122 subscriptions is a lot?

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          For YouTube - yes. I have about a hundred and the sidebar doesn't have the place for all of them. I believe the maximum is somewhere at 80 or so

          • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

            That's sad. I really do watch all of that content from those subscriptions. Really, YouTube replaced basically all of my TV viewership. I hope they have a better solution eventually.

        • Richard Gao

          uh, yeah...

  • Ben F

    Still no 1080p :(

    • Ihavenewnike

      I get 1080p on Galaxy Note 3.

      • Ben F

        I don't on either my my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7.

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

          1080p is there, but the video has to support it.

          • Ben F

            Not seen one video with it. Even videos that are 4k on my PC.

          • PoisonApple31

            Watch a recent MKBHD video - the option is there.

          • Ben F

            I watch MKBHD and on both my N5 and 7 don't have this option, standard 360p and 720p :(

          • PoisonApple31

            :( - I'm sorry man. I thought 1080p got pushed to all capable devices - I remember when HTC M8 had it, and my Note 3 did not.

          • Ihavenewnike

            On my note 3 it works.

          • Ben F
          • Ihavenewnike

            1080 here

          • PoisonApple31


    • frippan

      Got 1440p on my Lg G3 with this update.

      • Ben F

        Pics or gtfo! I just want 480p on my phone for when I have mediocre signal!

      • PoisonApple31

        I love it! I didn't think we'd have anything to watch on that screen so soon. :)

      • Ben F

        OMG.... So jealous! I dont have 1080p or 480p on my Nexus :(

      • Nicholas McDonald

        I can also confirm that this works (G3).. I can't believe that this is happening :D

  • Daniel Traynor

    Yawn ZzZzZ

  • Sam Del Valle

    -runs over here thinking its Material Design-


    -sigh- Ok.

    • Capt. Crunch

      I have a bad feeling that Google won't release any Material Design apps until Android L is released to the public.

      • Kevin


      • James Alde

        Be Positive man! Don't you dare say that words again!

    • Bojan Tomic

      It's gonna be 6.0. Stay tight!

    • James Alde

      Hahaha ! Me too Bro, Me too...

  • http://www.plus.google.com/+TommyNunno yodatom10

    I love that the android team is rick rolling you guys.... Google is simply awesome


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


  • Tomáš Petrík

    Never Gonna Give You Up? :)

  • Régis Knechtel

    They should fix performance issues. Sometimes, it takes forever to open. No, it's not my phone, I have the same issue on both Moto X and Nexus 5.

    • joser116

      I think that's a known issue, one that I have been waiting for them to fix. I've had the issue on ALL Android phones I've tried.

      • Régis Knechtel

        Exactly! Google should focus on performance, not only funcionality. Same with hangouts.

        • joser116

          Yes! Exactly! It should be as instant to load everything as WhatsApp.

  • joser116

    Wow, what a hefty update. /s

  • Ka Hin Li

    second video on the first screenshot looks very interesting.

  • taz89

    Have they added 480p and 1080p support yet, my ipad has had those streaming quality available while now, it's a joke that they have yet to do it for there own os. Sometimes you think they put more effort into ios. Not the 1st time that ios has features before Android. Also they really need to allow the ability to set a default streaming quality. If I pick 480p for example I want it to Stay at 480p until I change it. Right now it just resets back to max quality after relaunching app.

  • gabrielth555

    I don't understand why my Sony xperia tablet Z will only let me go up to
    720p and my Note 3 will do 1080p .Both on the official youtube app...

    • hkklife

      More powerful SoC on the Note 3 vs the Tablet Z? (Snapdragon 800 vs S4 Pro)

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Zが現れた!

    No background playback for music videos?
    No thank you...

  • RobertBWatson

    they now have a contextual menu that provides quicker access to pre-existing features. With it, you can share or save playlists to your sidebar for quick access later. http://surl.bz/LfAvf

  • Bruno Contente

    i have a quadcore phone with 1gb of ram and cant even see the option for 720p neither 1080p 😖!

    My play store have black background icons!

    its time to change to ios??

    • Richard Gao

      quad core and 1 GB RAM, that's not high end at all and not ideal. Do you even have a 720p display? What phone?

      • Bruno Contente

        I have an acer liquid e2 duo. Isn't an high end device but I can play 1080p videos without problem. The display is lower than 720p

        • Richard Gao

          Yeah, you may want to upgrade. If you can afford an iOS device, you can afford a flagship Android.

  • merman1983

    My #1 feature request would be the ability to share a youtube URL from the originating app to your Watch Later (or other playlist). I often just don't want to have to wait for the app and video to load up to add it to a list to watch later etc. Right now I use Pocket, but it's not as clean a solution.

  • blahmoomoo

    Aww, I hoped that they fixed the really annoying behavior where, if you delete something from a playlist, it reloads the entire thing. It makes managing my way too long Watch Later playlist unmanageable within the app.

  • humulos

    When the hell do I get preloading back!? That was such a useful feature, now I am all the time having to download videos ahead of time myself, rather than the app downloading my videos automatically. I cannot understand why they removed this feature.

    • Matt

      I think they removed it with/because of the 'preload watch later' list. But they should have just removed the PWL feature and kept preloading of selected video. They probably found they were pumping out all this data when people went to sleep/charging, filling phones up with preloaded 'watch later' that never ended up getting watched. I think I only ever used the feature once.

      • humulos

        It's totally understandable that they wouldn't want to just waste data, but as someone who listens to youtube talk shows in his car without a constant 4g connection, the preloading was heavenly. They had it off by default, so I don't know why they decided to remove it...

  • Kris

    Can't remove videos from history anymore. The option has been removed from the context menu. Can only add to or share.

  • r4

    I just hope for the day when Google knows the last video I watched on my laptop so that when I use the app, I can pick up my subscription videos from there.

  • gspida

    What I would like to see is something similiar to the chromecast mode where I can easily click on the video to get a full description of the content and then easily add it to a que. All of this happening in a pop-up window like in chromecast mode. I would also like to be able to edit the que to my liking. Google get on that immediately please ;)

  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    Only me some be stuck one 85% at downloads?

  • AnthonyRyan89

    Does anyone with Nexus 5 have 1080 video option, I still have the 720 available.

  • nurettin

    TAHNK YOUU LG-G3 1440 P VİDEO PLEYED youtube version5.9 :-)))

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