YouTube is Currently Testing New Video Loading Animations


YouTube is the most used video-sharing platform on the planet, totaling a massive 1 billion hours’ worth of watching per day, but it has one really boring feature, at least from our side of things.

You’ve probably seen how YouTube videos load, with that ‘circular thing’ that is accompanied by a play/pause button doing rounds as usual. As for you, it’s either you stare at the boring interface as you wait or move onto something else while the video buffers. But this is soon going to end as Google is currently testing new animations that will replace the old, boring interface you see when videos are loading.

In fact, this is not the first time the tech giant is running such tests on YouTube this year. It has already happened before where a new castle loading animation was spotted a few weeks ago, but the change has yet to happen. It appears that Google is running multiple tests before deciding on which option to roll out to the stable version of the app.


Apparently, the tech giant has at least three more video loading animations being tested right now. The first one takes a lot of its inspiration from Google’s Android OS and to be specific, the booting animation on Android KitKat. You’ve also seen the little animations on Google Pixel and Pixel XL’s home button – well, this is where YouTube is taking you.

A second animation that Google is also testing with YouTube video loading has red and blue circles instead of the plain circle that appears in the current version and the third version that has surfaced so far shows off a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

As noted, Google is still testing this YouTube feature and as with any other test, this is happening with select users. At the moment, we can’t tell how many out there are already seeing these changes, but we would like to hear from you, just in case you are already seeing any of these four animations or a different one. The comments section is all yours!

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