YouTube Swipe Down Gesture Brings Convenience To Fullscreen Viewing

Youtube is now getting a new swipe gesture for exiting fullscreen viewing mode. That’s according to recent reports following the feature being spotted in action. The change seems to be arriving via a server-side update.

Now, prior to the updated interface, users had to tap on the screen to bring forward the control UI. From there, they could tap the dashed square icon in the bottom-right-hand-side of the UI to exit fullscreen. So, the new change for Android effectively makes it easier to leave fullscreen once users are there without extra taps.

Following the update to the UI, all that’s required is a quick swipe-down action to exit fullscreen view. That means there’s no need to tap on the screen. Users simply need to drag in a downward direction anywhere on the video in question.

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That, of course, stacks on top of other recent changes to the app. Users are still able to tap the back button in on-screen navigation. Or they can use the swipe-in gesture to instantiate a ‘back’ click — thanks primarily to Android 10.

This YouTube fullscreen-exiting swipe gesture is just another in a long list of changes

Touch-based changes have been a hallmark of many recent updates to YouTube. That includes one larger alteration made to the UI on large-screen touch platforms such as desktops and Chromebooks.

The company started its improvements there with a persistent three-dot menu on touchscreen devices. That hadn’t always been visible at all times. A mouse-over motion or tap had been required. Watch history was also made more readily visible.

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But the big change that’s pertinent here was the addition of new swipe gestures. A swipe up allowed users to move the video to fullscreen mode, for starters. That brought parity with Android, as did the new swipe down gesture for moving the video to its ‘miniplayer’ view.

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For select devices — the Pixel 4 — YouTube even supports touch-free gestures. That’s thanks to Pixel 4’s hardware allowing for a feature called Motion Sense. Although that’s definitely limited, it also provides insight into the larger picture with regard to where YouTube and other Google apps are going. With the addition of the latest swipe down gesture, the search giant is taking things just one step further in that direction.

There’s no timeline here but this should be coming for everybody

Now, this update appears to be happening on the server-side of the equation. That, in effect, means that users won’t have to download an app update. Instead, YouTube will roll out the change across its system relatively quickly. Of course, that also means that there’s no official timeline for this. So users will just need to keep checking in their app to see if it’s arrived yet.

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Conversely, the fact that this seems to be a server-side update does have advantages. Namely, it should apply to every user on Android. That’s not surprising since that’s typically how YouTube has operated but is as opposed to being limited to new devices or the latest OS version. As is always the case with server-side updates for apps, it also means the update should be rolled out quickly.


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