Google is shutting down YouTube Go in August

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By Erric Buttlar

When YouTube Go first debuted in 2016, it was intended to be a scaled-down version of the site that would consume less bandwidth and function on devices with less processing power.

Google has now confirmed that YouTube Go will be shut down in August. The news was made public yesterday; further information is provided below.

We’re announcing today that YouTube Go will be discontinued in August. We advise YouTube Go users to download the main YouTube app or go to in their browsers to access YouTube. When compared to YouTube Go, the main YouTube app offers a better user experience overall and features that users have requested but aren’t yet included, like the ability to comment, post, create content, and use dark themes.

When we introduced YouTube Go in 2016, it was created for users in areas where poor connectivity, expensive data plans, and low-end devices made it difficult for us to offer the best experience possible in the main YouTube app. Since then, YouTube has made investments in the main YouTube app that enhance its performance in these settings and provide a better user experience for our entire community. Particularly, we have enhanced performance for low-end gadgets or viewers of YouTube on slower networks. Stay tuned for more updates as we develop additional user controls that assist in reducing mobile data usage for viewers with limited data!

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