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Original story (published on March 30, 2021) follows:

YouTube is the biggest video streaming platform on the planet, hosting billions of watch hours on just about every topic you may find interesting.

Granted, even the slightest glitch or change will likely affect so many people around the world. And apparently, this is the situation that a section of YouTube users have found themselves in.

Over the past few days, a strange glitch has surfaced on the YouTube platform where the progress bar of the main video playing no longer appears in red.

Instead, affected users say it now appears in yellow akin to the progress bar seen when YouTube ads are playing.


Am i tripping or is the whole progress bar yellow?

My Youtube progress bar has been changing it’s color daily since yesterday (and no this is not a Styles extension) Is this happening to anyone else?

Guys, I need help, I’ve just noticed that my progress bar is now always yellow, it doesn’t just go on ads, it’s literally EVERYWHERE, is this some kind of godawful UI change? or this some error/Early April fools thing?

Several other threads have been started on Reddit regarding this issue, suggesting that it’s likely widespread. There are also a few more reports doing rounds on Twitter.

Indeed a strange phenomenon, but some already have a theory. With April Fool’s Day just around the corner, some are speculating that it could be an early Easter egg.

YouTube yellow progress bar

Of course, there’s no clarity on why the progress bar suddenly turned yellow for some YouTube users, something not even the YouTube team on Twitter currently has a clue.

Some are already making fun of those affected, touting this glitch as a giant YouTube ad that’s playing in-between actual videos. Of course, there’s no truth in this.

This development adds to the many YouTube bugs and issues that keep surfacing from left, right and center.

Team YouTube has been pretty decent when it comes to following up, so we hope the latest glitch will soon get some form of official statement and hopefully fixed.

We have coverage for other YouTube bugs and issues alongside possible solutions and current status that you can check out here.

Update (March 31)

We now have confirmation from Team YouTube that this issue is now under investigation, hopefully to be fixed soon.


Update (March 31)

Going by the latest information coming from YouTube help on Twitter, the problem has been resolved. Here is what the support has to say:

Thanks for your patience – we’ve already resolved the reported issue with the yellow progress bar. Reach back out to us if you see otherwise.

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