YouTube is adding a new Create button / ‘+’ icon in the bottom navigation bar on the YouTube for Android app in India. The UI change is live for many users with the YouTube app 15.30+ version. According to YouTubeIndia, the feature will roll-out completely this week for Android users in India and later on in iOS. The company has shifted and changed the position of different icons and features. It has highlighted the new Create button to make it easier for users to create videos on their mobile devices. To use the feature, you need to tap the Create icon in the middle of the bottom navigation bar and upload new videos or go live.
Changes in The YouTube App
You should know that this is not a new feature from YouTube. The Create feature already existed and was accessible through the camcorder button in the top bar on the YouTube app. YouTube has just changed the icon and shifted it’s position to the bottom navigation bar.
To accommodate the create button, the company has removed the notification button from the bottom navigation bar and has moved it to the top navigation bar. The subscription button lies now at the vacant space. And the create button holds the position of the subscription button in the middle.
Create Button is Not Available For Everyone
I couldn’t see the changes on my phone despite having the latest available version of YouTube, which is 15.35.41. Google may be enabling the feature through server-side changes, that is why some users can see the new UI, and some still have the old one. Google may be planning to create an in-app TikTok-like short video service ‘Shorts,’ which is already in rumors to launch by the end of this year.
As we already said, there is no introduction of any new feature. Since the change is only in the repositioning of buttons, you won’t be able to see changes in the core functionality of YouTube. Currently, YouTube is rolling out the UI changes in YouTube for Android in India only. However, the company says it will expand the changes globally and add the create button to iOS as well.