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YouTube is now a PWA, making it easy to install on desktops

YouTube is now a PWA, making it easy to install on desktops

Many Google websites are already Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), which allows you to easily add them to your desktop or taskbar and use them in their own tab-less windows like native apps. Following YouTube Music and YouTube TV, the regular YouTube website is now also one of these PWAs, as 9to5Google spotted.

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YouTube is testing a new autoplay UI on the web

YouTube is testing a new autoplay UI on the web

YouTube is the most popular video-sharing platform there is, but that doesn't keep it from constantly experimenting with new features and UI changes. Recently, it experimented with new ways to get viewers to watch Shorts and cross-device downloads. Now, it's testing a new autoplay UI on the web.

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YouTube web’s dark mode can now match your browser’s theme

YouTube web’s dark mode can now match your browser’s theme

YouTube enabled dark mode on the web right alongside its big Material Design makeover way back in 2017. But the only way to get it working until now was to toggle the dark theme on or off manually. With more and more web browsers adding native support for these color schemes, YouTube is now tapping into the underlying API to give you the ability to match its website with your browser’s theme.

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YouTube adapts its website to large touchscreens like iPads and Chromebooks

YouTube adapts its website to large touchscreens like iPads and Chromebooks

If you have an Android tablet or an iPad, you've likely installed the native YouTube app on them to enjoy your videos. But for those of you who haven't, and for anyone who's browsing YouTube on a touch-enabled Chromebook or PC, you'll be glad to know the website is now better suited for touch interaction.

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How to queue up videos to watch on YouTube (web-only)

How to queue up videos to watch on YouTube (web-only)

YouTube is one of the few video services and apps that didn't offer a playback queue until recently. The feature first showed up in testing in August then rolled out to everyone in November, but so far, it's remained limited to the web and may not be very easy to spot. In this tutorial we'll look at how YouTube's new queue system works and discuss some of its advantages and limitations.

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YouTube improves the mini player and simplifies playlist sharing on desktop

YouTube improves the mini player and simplifies playlist sharing on desktop

Last month, Google added video queuing to the YouTube desktop website, which should have rolled out to most people by now. Since the feature relies on the mini player first and foremost, the company has decided to enhance that miniature video preview with proper playback controls and a maximization shortcut. Google has also improved playlist management so you can share playlists more easily and sort your own by date or most popular.

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YouTube starts showing community posts on the web home page

YouTube starts showing community posts on the web home page

YouTube's community features began showing up around a couple of years ago but it took a year for the feature to reach more channels and start popping up in users' home feeds on mobile. However, on the web, these posts were not as easily accessible: you had to go to each channel's page to see if it had any community updates. That won't be the case for long though, as posts are starting to show up on the home page for a few users.

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YouTube on the web tests a 'Scroll for details' option in fullscreen

YouTube on the web tests a 'Scroll for details' option in fullscreen

YouTube has been testing different ways to help you keep watching videos on the web, while simultaneously letting you browse for more content or see details and comments. Just yesterday, the new Miniplayer PIP view was made official after months of tests, but there was also another miniplayer bar that would collapse the video at the top of the screen and let you scroll down to comments. Now, we're seeing yet another tests that's a little reminiscent of that, but it only affects the fullscreen view.

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[Update: Official] YouTube picture-in-picture Miniplayer now being tested on the web

[Update: Official] YouTube picture-in-picture Miniplayer now being tested on the web

For a while now the YouTube app on both Android and iOS has allowed users to minimize a playing video into a floating window, letting them browse other content without interrupting playback. A similar floating mode is apparently being tested on the web now.

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YouTube Sharing and Messaging is going live for users on the web

YouTube Sharing and Messaging is going live for users on the web

YouTube's built-in Sharing and Messaging system has had a long history: after being privately tested for a many months, it went live in Canada then became official for everyone in August of 2017, and finally was bundled with notifications in the new Activity tab. However, through it all, it has remained a mobile-only feature, available to Android and iOS users. If you were on your desktop, you couldn't share a video with your YouTube contacts easily, see what they sent you, or reply to their messages. That's finally ending now.

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