While widgets were introduced in iOS 14 and iPadOS 15, apps like YouTube were slow to implement them, but a recent update has finally fixed that.
Google has released an update that allows for two widgets – one that lets you open the search bar on YouTube and one that lets you go directly to your subscribed channels and more.
The bigger widget is something I’ve wanted to see on YouTube since widgets came to iOS in 2020, especially since it’s an app I use daily on my iPhone and even more so on my iPad.
Thanks to this update, the ability to access my content at lunch has already become faster and easier to achieve.
Reducing the presses
I’m subscribed to several YouTube channels, be it a channel about a certain series (opens in new tab) or one build channel (opens in new tab) to watch while I eat my lunch. However, I always had to find the YouTube app on my home screen, go to my subscriptions and watch the video.
I’ve always seen widgets as shortcuts – as a way to more easily reach parts of an app in two taps or less, and I’ve always believed that YouTube was perfect for that. However, Google has always been slower than others to keep up with new iOS features – after all, it has its own mobile OS to update and maintain.
However, when the company releases updates based on new features, it usually hits the briefing, like the lock screen widgets released in September.
Same goes here – having put the bigger widget on my iPhone and iPad home screen makes the lunch tradition so much easier now – the only thing I’d like to see now is a lock screen widget to do the same , but as that saying (almost) goes, good widgets come to those who wait.