How to access the new YouTube homepage now

By on November 22, 2011, 12:30 PM

YouTube is currently testing a new layout for their landing page that is rolling out in stages. If you are impatient and want to try it for yourself now, you are in luck as there is a way to force the new homepage should you happen to use Firefox or Chrome.

To access the new layout, first navigate to YouTube.com using either Firefox or Chrome. Once there, you need to open your browser’s web console. Here’s how:

In Firefox: press Ctrl + Shift + K

In Chrome: press Ctrl + Shift + J

Once you have opened the console, copy and paste the following code into the command line and press enter:

document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=ST1Ti53r4fU";

Finally, refresh YouTube.com and you should see the new homepage.

YouTube’s new beta homepage is more organized than the current offering and should make it easier to keep up with subscriptions and recent activity from those you follow.

You will be prompted with a series of tips on how to navigate the new homepage. The new layout consists of three separate sections or panes. The left pane shows your channels and subscriptions that you have signed up to follow. Users can click Add Channels to select from multiple different categories including news, music and gaming. The center window shows recent activity from users you are following such as videos they have posted on YouTube or shared on Google+. The right column displays recommended videos based on previous clips you have viewed.




User Comments: 9

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treeski treeski said:

I'm not sure why you've left out IE(9).

It works in IE9 too... just hit F12 for the developer tools, and click on the web console tab, and then type in the info above.

Guest said:

Maybe because IE is crap ;)

Guest said:

Because the website they grabbed their info from didn't mention it either.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Well they left out Opera too. So I followed the links in the articles to trace back to the original source, nobody on the way to the source had how to do it in Opera either. So I figured it out myself.

To make it happen in Opera. Go to Opera Menu -> Settings -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Cookies -> Manage Cookies. Then go down to Youtube.com and hit the pulldown menu. Select VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE and hit Edit... then change the value to ST1Ti53r4fU then you are done. Close out of the preferences windows and go to youtube.com

yRaz yRaz said:

Guest said:

Because the website they grabbed their info from didn't mention it either.

So I guess everyone just figures it out on their own all at the same time?

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

I don't like the new layout it. My subscription videos are in a single column in the center of my screen, and they aren't even grouped together. I think i liked the layout before last the best. At least that one grouped your sub vids in rows and columns.

veLa veLa said:

That's google for you, fix it until it's broken

AnonymousSurfer AnonymousSurfer said:

I'm digging the new look.

yorro said:

Love at first site(or sight).

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