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YouTube is killing off its old design next month, like it or not

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Starting next month, YouTube's new desktop interface will be mandatory, whether you like the redesign or not. It's currently possible to switch between the old and new looks, but from March onwards, Google is killing off the classic look for good.

As 9to5Google explains, Google has been tweaking YouTube's design since 2017, adding and changing elements to fit with its Material Design principles. Other apps including Gmail and Google Calendar received a makeover back in 2018, so it's surprising that it's taken so long for the new-look YouTube to become permanent.

The new design include lots of modern features that most users are sure to welcome (including dark mode), but there are bound to be some holdouts who resist the change when it becomes mandatory.

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The new YouTube for desktop first appeared on desktops on November 7 2019, introducing larger tiles, longer video titles and channel icons to help you recognize creators more easily. It also added the ability to create queues of videos from the homepage.

Google hasn't said exactly when it'll be killing off the classic design, but if you've been holding out, it might be a good idea to make the switch now and get used to the look so it's not a shock when it happens.

Cat Ellis

Cat Ellis is the fitness and wellbeing editor at TechRadar. She's been a technology journalist for 11 years, and cut her teeth on magazines including PC Plus and PC Format before joining TechRadar. She's a trained run leader, and enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the pavement. If you have a story about fitness trackers, treadmills, running shoes, e-bikes, or any other fitness tech, drop her a line at