YouTube’s homepage will now look very totally different if in case you have your watch historical past turned off. As a substitute of surfacing a web page stuffed with advised movies, you’ll principally see nothing.
The change is all a part of a “new viewer expertise” Google introduced on Tuesday. If you happen to’ve switched your YouTube watch historical past to off and “haven’t any important prior watch historical past,” you received’t see options that want a watch historical past to offer suggestions.
Meaning you’ll solely see the search bar on the homepage, together with the Shorts, Subscriptions, and Library buttons. This might come as a welcome change for individuals who hate sifting by more and more excessive thumbnails to search out the play button, nevertheless it may be a option to annoy customers into turning the historical past again on.
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Google says it’s going to roll out this characteristic “over the subsequent few months,” however several users across the net are already seeing the change. Instead of YouTube’s really useful movies is a discover that reads, “Your watch historical past is off. You’ll be able to change your setting at any time to get the most recent movies tailor-made to you.”
“We’re launching this new expertise to make it extra clear which YouTube options depend on watch historical past to offer video suggestions and make it extra streamlined for these of you preferring to go looking fairly than browse suggestions,” Google writes. It’s unclear how extensively this has rolled out but. A number of of us right here at The Verge tried turning our YouTube watch historical past off and erasing the movies in our watch historical past, however we nonetheless noticed personalised suggestions popping up in our dwelling feeds.