YouTube is testing its Queue system for its iPhone and Android apps

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YouTube is beginning to take a look at out its queueing system on iOS and Android. The characteristic has been out there on the net for years now, and exhibits within the YouTube apps underneath sure circumstances — customers who management their Chromecast with their telephones might recognize it, as will those that use the YouTube Music apps — however now YouTube Premium users who opt-in to the take a look at will be capable of add movies to a stack that acts like an impermanent playlist.

After you activate the characteristic (which we’ll cowl how one can do in only a second), you’ll have entry to a brand new “Play final in queue” button within the three vertical dot menu that seems on video thumbnails. Tapping it’s going to add the video to the underside of your queue — or will create a brand new queue when you’re presently not watching a video. As soon as the video you’re watching ends, the app will beginning enjoying the subsequent video within the queue, and maintain going till you run out. You can too rearrange movies within the queue, or take away them. If you happen to shut the participant, both by totally quitting the app or tapping the “x” button within the backside bar, your queue will probably be deleted (although the app could warn you earlier than that occurs).

In the intervening time, the characteristic could be a bit pokey on my iPhone 12 Mini — however it largely works the identical method it does on desktop.

After I opened the app on December twenty fourth, I used to be greeted with a display screen telling me that the characteristic was now out there to check, and a button to show it on. (YouTube began rolling out the characteristic earlier this month according to Android Police and 9to5Google, however the pop-up didn’t present up for me till at the moment.) If you happen to didn’t get that display screen and also you’re a Premium subscriber, you possibly can manually allow it by tapping in your profile image within the high proper nook, going to Settings > Attempt new options, then scrolling to “Queue” and tapping the “Attempt it out” button.

Based on that settings display screen, the take a look at will probably be out there till January twenty eighth.

The take a look at isn’t essentially an indication that non-paying customers will be capable of queue up movies anytime quickly — YouTube’s picture-in-picture test for iOS ended months earlier than the characteristic started rolling out. I additionally observed that the characteristic isn’t precisely polished proper now — the app failed so as to add a video to the queue at one level, seemingly as a result of I attempted so as to add one other one too quickly afterwards. Nonetheless, I’m excited to have this characteristic on my telephone; it’s one thing I exploit virtually daily on the desktop, and the truth that it’s made it to the YouTube Premium testbed makes me hope I’ll be capable of depend on it within the app too sometime.

Replace December twenty fourth 5:56PM ET: Added context that the YouTube Music app already has a queueing system.

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