YouTube Classic Interface Activation Or Workaround Not Possible As Google Will Soon Kill Old ‘Desktop Mode’

Users accessing YouTube from their desktop computers will soon have to switch over to the new and modern interface. Google has confirmed that it is killing the YouTube Classic Desktop Web User Interface that millions of users have come to love and accept. Owing to Google’s confirmed commitment to continue with the modern YouTube UI, it appears that several workarounds and tricks that were used to retain the YouTube Classic Web Layout may soon stop working.

Google has been allowing the use of YouTube Classic Web Interface for the last three years. Despite coming up with a Material-design inspired modern YouTube interface with several new features, the company allowed YouTube desktop users to access the website in the old and highly familiar layout. Now Google appears to be finally putting an end to all tricks of using the old and simple YouTube web interface. The mandatory shift to the YouTube Modern UI will take place next month.

Google To Force YouTube Desktop Users To Migrate To Modern UI From Next Month:

Google routinely revamps its apps and services. The up-gradation not only includes new features but also a new user interface as well. However, millions of YouTube users have steadfastly stuck to the old or classic YouTube interface. The majority of these users rely on the Classic Desktop User Interface of YouTube. The Web Version of the crowd-sourced video streaming website has multiple variants, including web and app.

While the app users were forced to adapt to the new material-design inspired UI, desktop users of YouTube have strongly resisted any change for quite some time. However, such users may not be able to continue using the classic web UI of YouTube. The search giant has confirmed that it will mandate all YouTube desktop users to migrate to the new design. The compulsory migration will begin next month. Google’s official statement reads as follows:

Enter 2020 and the older versions are missing many of the new features and design improvements we’ve introduced over the past three years, including top requests based on your feedback (see most recent update here). That’s why the older version will be going away in March and you’ll only be able to access newer desktop versions to enjoy the best of YouTube.

If you’re using an older version, you will see a notification telling you to “Switch to the new YouTube.” You may also need to update your browser if it’s not compatible with the new version. (We’ll let you know in the notification message if this is the case!)

The YouTube UI up-gradation began in 2017. Google deployed material makeover for YouTube. Needless to add, the update is clearly in line with Google’s other products. In other words, the design looks more modern and consistent with other Google products. However, one of the most common complaints with the modern YouTube UI has been the density of content. Simply put, users complained the new UI for YouTube showed way less number of videos than the earlier, more simple layout.

Google has implied that old YouTube won’t be available at all anymore. What this means is that workarounds or tricks that users deployed earlier to bring back the old UI, may not work. Some users might attempt to try and access YouTube on old versions of browsers. However, it is quite possible that YouTube may stop working unless the browser is updated.

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Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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