YouTube makes commenting, liking and sharing videos easier on your phone

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YouTube is changing its look on mobile for easier access to comment and share buttons.

Screenshot by Dan Avery/CNET

YouTube has redesigned its mobile app’s full-screen interface, making it a bit easier to comment and share what you’re watching by giving direct access to these buttons.

The updates began rolling out to Android and iOS devices this week, according to Mariana de Felice, product communications manager at YouTube. They include the ability to like, dislike, share, and add videos to playlists and view comments, all in full-screen mode.

Previously, you had to swipe up from the “more videos” section of the screen to access these options.

Another feature of the new interface: suggested videos are now stored in a collapsible box.

The dislike button no longer shows how many people have disliked a given video, a change YouTube started testing last year.

Earlier this month, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the audience dislike meter has often been abused, “meaning it’s not always an accurate way to select which videos to watch”.

Although automatic, the switchover is being released gradually and is not yet available to all users.

Also, the makeover is only for landscape mode. The user experience in portrait mode remains the same.

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