YouTube for Android is testing a new redesign that replaces the Library tab with a new “You” tab. In this redesign, the profile avatar has been moved from the top-right corner to the bottom bar, serving as the icon for the “You” tab. This tab combines the functionalities of the previous account menu and Library. The design breaks the consistency seen in other Google apps, but it aligns YouTube with the layout of social media apps like Instagram. The redesign also includes carousels for History and Playlists, reflecting the shift away from a traditional Library page.
The “You” tab in the new redesign of YouTube for Android includes various sections such as your channel information, options to switch accounts and access app settings, as well as carousels for History and Playlists. The change in design may suggest that the Library tab is deemed less important for the main YouTube app compared to YouTube Music or TV. While these changes are currently being tested, if implemented, they would further distinguish YouTube from other first-party Google apps that adhere to a consistent design language. It is unlikely that YouTube will adopt the Material You bottom bar design.
While there is currently only one report of the You tab replacing the YouTube Library, if the redesign proves successful, it may become a permanent feature. This redesign aligns YouTube with the design language and layout of popular social media platforms, providing users with a fresh and familiar experience.