Google has given a heads up on its plans to discontinue YouTube Classic, YouTube’s older desktop interface. The announcement will come into effect as of March 2020. The current YouTube interface Google is pushing everyone towards has been in testing for nearly three years.
YouTube’s new material design themed interface was released in August of 2017 along with a new logo. Until now, users still had the option to toggle back and forth between the old and new designs. Not anymore as of March 2020.
YouTube has introduced many new features in the past few years like dark mode, all of which are not available on the older desktop version. Other features include live streaming, better support for vertical videos. That’s why Google has decided to stop offering the now-outdated version of YouTube.
Starting next month, users will only be able to access the current version of YouTube. Those who are still using the older interface will begin seeing notifications advising them to switch to the new YouTube.
Google notes that users may need to update their browser if it’s not compatible with the latest version of YouTube. The aforementioned notification will advise whether or not that’s the case.
“Our new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine – because there’s nothing more important than the creators and videos we all love to watch. My favorite feature of this new desktop design is Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.” Google states in its announcement.
Needless to say, the old version of YouTube is long past its prime. Now is the time to make the switch, if you haven’t already.