Many users still don’t like the current YouTube layout. They complain the new design does not perform as well on non-Chromium browsers. Users don’t like the fact that Google did not transfer many features from the old layout to the new one. That’s why many users are wondering how they can bring back the old layout.
Over the years, users have come up with different methods to achieve that. But the bad news is that Google is quickly catching up with those workarounds and always finds a way to block them.
For example, adding the disable_polymer=true parameter no longer works. There are a few browser extensions out there, such as GoodOldYouTube, that promise to restore the old layout but they don’t work anymore.
Also, many users used to tweak the YouTube script for storage and cookies and replace the PREF value with f6=8. But this method no longer works.
How Do I Get the Old YouTube Layout Back?
Google has removed the old YouTube layout for good. This means there is no method you can use to restore the old YouTube user interface. It’s gone for good.
The new layout focuses more on mobile but many users don’t like this idea.
Suggestion: Use Improve YouTube
As a workaround, you can use Improve YouTube to somehow mimic the old format. But don’t hold your expectations high. The extension does not bring back the old layout. But it can help you to make YouTube’s UI a bit simpler and less cluttered.
Technology users are sometimes reluctant to adopt the latest changes. The fact that many YouTube users are still rejecting the new design is not at all surprising. Over the years, users used whatever workarounds they could find to keep the old YouTube layout alive.
Unfortunately for them, Google has permanently removed the old YouTube UI from the platform. So, the only choice you’ve got is to let the old YouTube go and embrace the new layout.
The old YouTube was so much better!!!!! We should have a choice on which format to use!!!!!
Phil Soinski says
You can no longer comment or enjoy others commenting on the videos which have co0rdered this wonderful feature.. Also, it was easy to edit your favorites’ compilations, and now it is a negative. The Higher the tech the less efficient. Perhaps the best bet is to find another alternative to Youtube.. And I’m sure another enterprising programmer who is more in tune with people than tech will win the day. Will let this new programmer and his new version of Youtube today to go play with himself!
I, like everyone else just hate this so-called new you tube. I don’t know why it is that when something isn’t broken, people have to break it because it runs so good. You can have this new you tube. You took something that worked great an just “effed” it up.
Richard Charlton says
On the old layout, when calling up a video, at the bottom of the screen were a number of icons, to chrome cast, or to CC arranged under a red line across the screen. On the new system this has gone., so how do I bring up CC on my videos? There is no obvious way. My lap top has the old You Tune format and this works great.
But on my primary PC the cc feature has gone. How do I get it back?
This is so unfair! Sure the new youtube layout works fine on modern computers, but on old computers this layout performs terrible and hogs up all the system resources, making it impossible to run 2 applications at once.
I have switched to tube.incognet.io, which is a really lightweight website that allows you to watch youtube videos smoothly on older computers and browsers. This seems to work really well and I recommend everyone checking it out before this website disappears too.
So my only choice is to embrace the new format? I think I’ll go with the option where I don’t use Youtube anymore.
Phra Alan says
What about us consumers who preferred the Classic YouTube? Is Google YouTube mere FORCING the new large screen layout on us all? Is this an end to consumers wishes and freedoms to choose?
“Embrace the new”!? Clearly there’s some drug you’re taking ..
The new youtube layout is AWFUL!