YouTube to Introduce Custom Thumbnails for Playlists and Sleep Timer Feature

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01 Jul 2024

In a report by Android Authority, it was revealed that YouTube may soon allow users to upload thumbnails for custom playlists they create. This feature was discovered during an APK teardown of the YouTube for Android beta app version 9.26.33. The code found in the app hints at a new feature called “CustomThumbnailCreationActivity”, which suggests the ability to create custom thumbnails for playlists.

Additionally, the code also includes references to “upload failure”, indicating that users may need to try again if their thumbnail upload is unsuccessful. There are also mentions of dimension requirements, with one string suggesting that small dimensions could be a reason for upload failure.

Currently, users can only set thumbnails for videos on YouTube for Android, with playlists defaulting to the thumbnail of the first video in the list. This upcoming feature will give users more control over their playlists, allowing them to choose any image as the thumbnail.

Sleep Timer on YouTube

YouTube is reportedly working on a sleep timer feature for its Android app, which will allow users to set a timer for video playback to automatically stop. This feature, discovered in an APK teardown of the YouTube app for Android version 19.25.33, is expected to show up as a notification on the user’s home screen.

While a similar feature already exists in YouTube Music, it is anticipated to make its way to the main YouTube app in the near future.

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Update: 01 Jul 2024
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