YouTube app gains more shortcuts to switch music video to YouTube Music

In case you forgot that the YouTube Music app also does video

YouTube Music and the full YouTube experience go hand in hand. You can play your YouTube-based playlists on the Music app, and whatever you like on one app will affect your recommendations on the other. And while YTM meets most listening needs – even with a feature to watch music videos directly without logging into the full app – we normally watch music videos on the full YouTube app anyway. But if you ever want to quickly switch to YouTube Music while watching a music video, Google has added more shortcuts so you can do just that.

As spotted by 9to5Google, when watching a music video on YouTube, if the song is available in an audio-only format on YouTube Music, you will receive a prompt to quickly access the app. The shortcut is located in the player view, to the left of the autoplay toggle, and will be distinctly noticeable since it’s the full YouTube Music icon. Tap it to start playing the song you are listening to in YTM. There’s also a similar toggle in the video settings overflow screen, just below the “Watch in VR” option.


These two new shortcuts join the existing “Want audio only?” suggestion banner that also opens in some video clips. This remains the most visible shortcut as it is a large, bright blue button that appears below the video display window. In our testing, however, he doesn’t show up for every music video, much like the drummer who misses shooting days. heh – while these new shortcuts actually do.

This change is currently rolling out to the Android app, but it may take up to a few weeks before it appears for everyone. If you want to check it out for yourself, make sure your app is fully updated.

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