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 beneath 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 customers who opt-in to the take a look at will be capable to add movies to a stack that acts like an impermanent playlist.

After you activate the characteristic (which we’ll cowl methods to do in only a second), you’ll have entry to a brand new “Play last in queue” button within the three vertical dot menu that seems on video thumbnails. Tapping it’ll add the video to the underside of your queue — or will create a brand new queue if you happen to’re at the moment not watching a video. Once the video you’re watching ends, the app will beginning taking part in the subsequent video within the queue, and preserve going till you run out. You can even rearrange movies within the queue, or take away them. If you shut the participant, both by absolutely quitting the app or tapping the “x” button within the backside bar, your queue might be deleted (although the app could warn you earlier than that occurs).

At the second, the characteristic could be a bit pokey on my iPhone 12 Mini — however it largely works the identical approach it does on desktop.

When I opened the app on December twenty fourth, I used to be greeted with a display 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 didn’t get that display and also you’re a Premium subscriber, you possibly can manually allow it by tapping in your profile image within the prime proper nook, going to Settings > Try new options, then scrolling to “Queue” and tapping the “Try it out” button.

According to that settings display, the take a look at might be out there till January twenty eighth.

The take a look at isn’t essentially an indication that non-paying customers will be capable to queue up movies anytime quickly — YouTube’s picture-in-picture take a look at for iOS ended months earlier than the characteristic began 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. Still, I’m excited to have this characteristic on my cellphone; 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 to depend on it within the app too sometime.

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

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