Google tests a Modern Design refresh of its video streaming service YouTube currently that is going to be launched later this year if the test shows promising results.
These tests, regardless of Google property they are run on, are limited to select testers or visitors only, and it is usually not possible to get in unless you are invited by Google.
The following guide walks you through the steps of configuring popular web browsers so that YouTube's Modern Design loads when you visit the site.
Please note though that the design is only available if you are not signed in to your Google account. You can apply the changes while signed in, but need to sign out before they become available.
The new YouTube design is different in several ways from the current design and layout. You will notice for instance that pages scroll infinitely now and that new content is added once you scroll close to the bottom of the current page.
This is the case for search results pages for instance which, in the old design, display links to additional pages at the bottom of the screen.
Some iconography has been refreshed, there is a big teaser video at the top of YouTube's frontpage, and channel design has been updated as well.
How to enable the new design
It is actually pretty easy to enable the new design preview on YouTube. First two things you want to do is sign out of your YouTube account if you are signed in, and switch to the US (worldwide) site.
Either load http://www.youtube.com/?gl=US directly, or scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Country menu to pick worldwide from the options.
Once that is out of the way, do the following:
This sets the cookie in Google Chrome.
Close the Developer Tools and refresh the page you are on to check out the new YouTube design. (via Reddit)
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