How-To: Give YouTube a Material Design Makeover

It was recently discovered (by Android Police) that Google is A/B testing a new material design for its YouTube web player. The design in question introduces the same language found across multiple other Google services with its flat, modern look and various animations. Now that this look is making its way to one of the most famous video streaming websites on the internet, no doubt will users want to check it out. Lucky for them (and you), there’s a way to enable it. That’s right. You don’t have to wait for Google’s servers to point in your direction to get a new search bar, hamburger menu, video player, channel viewer, etc on YouTube. All you need to do is make some changes to the developer settings in Chrome. It’s that simple.

Here’s how to enable material design for YouTube on Chrome (via Redditor giorgiomarinel):

(It’s worth nothing that while this trick works on Windows, it wouldn’t function on a Mac running OS X El Capitan, so don’t expect this new look to reach your MacBook or iMac anytime soon… for now. It’s also worth mentioning that while logged into YouTube, this method won’t work, so you need to log out of your account in order to perform this checklist.)

  1. Go to

  2. Open Developer Tools by hitting CTRL+Shift+i

  3. Go to the “Resources” tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the YouTube domain

  4. Go to the “Console” tab and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=Qa1hUZu3gtk;path=/;”;

  5. Reload the page

Personally, I’m a pretty big fan of this new design. It’s very modern, fluid, and overall nice to look at. When set aside the current UI of YouTube, there’s really no competition. This new look is much better, and if you agree, let me know in the comments.

Were you successful in enabling YouTube’s new material design UI? Let us know with a tweet @mbeddedmaximum or a comment below!