YouTube Tests Lock Screen Feature to Prevent Accidental Interruptions
YouTube, the popular video-sharing platform owned by Google, has announced that it is currently conducting tests for a new lock screen feature. This feature aims to address the issue of accidental taps interrupting video playback.
According to the company’s experiments page, the lock screen functionality will disable touch input while users are engrossed in watching a video. This means that unintended taps will no longer pause, skip, or disrupt the viewing experience. The feature is being tested on both Android and iOS platforms.
While the lock screen feature is still in its testing phase, YouTube Premium members can enjoy early access to this functionality until July 30.
To activate the lock screen feature while watching a video in full-screen mode, users simply need to tap on the gear icon located in the top left corner of the screen and select “Lock Screen.”
In a separate development last month, YouTube revealed that it was experimenting with a three-strikes policy for users employing ad blockers. The platform’s intention was to encourage viewers with ad blockers enabled to either allow ads on YouTube or consider subscribing to YouTube Premium. YouTube’s spokesperson emphasized that ad blockers contravene the platform’s Terms of Service. It’s worth noting that ad blocker detection is not unique to YouTube, as many other publishers also request viewers to disable ad blockers.
As YouTube continues to innovate and refine its offerings, these new features and policies reflect the platform’s commitment to enhancing user experiences while ensuring compliance with its guidelines.