YouTube loads faster on Chrome, that's a fact. We explain why, and how to work around this problem on Firefox, Edge and Safari.
For nearly a year, the design of YouTube on the web has changed drastically. More spaced out and more modern, it is also much more suitable for Material Design traits and for use on several different devices.
There is only one small catch: YouTube loads much faster on Chrome than on any other browser. The problem was recently pointed out by Chris Peterson of the Mozilla Foundation.
YouTube page load is 5x slower in Firefox and Edge than in Chrome because YouTube's Polymer redesign relies on the deprecated Shadow DOM v0 API only implemented in Chrome. You can restore YouTube's faster pre-Polymer design with this Firefox extension: https://t.co/F5uEn3iMLR
— Chris Peterson (@cpeterso) July 24, 2018
Why YouTube Loads 5x Faster on Chrome
The reason for this difference is actually quite simple. YouTube's new design, which uses Polymer 1.0, relies on using the Shadow DOM v0 API. An API now obsolete according to Chris Peterson.
Naturally, web browsers have moved to newer versions… but not Chrome, which is now the only browser fully compatible with it. This explains the slowness of the site on other browsers.
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Natural situation? Difficult to judge, but the situation annoys the side of the developers, who see in this choice the desire to push Chrome unfairly. Google being accused of the same practices in the Android universe, the parallel is often made between the two.
How to work around the problem?
Is there a solution if you don't want to give up your favorite web browser for Chrome? It is very simple, but will require some sacrifices: you just have to force the site to display in its old design. This means abandoning some recent innovations, such as the integration of the dark theme for example.
The process, however, is quite simple.
All you need to do is download and install the YouTube Classic extension from the Firefox add-on store.
On Microsoft Edge and Safari
On Microsoft Edge and Safari, you first need to download the Tampermonkey extension from the Windows Store or the official website for Safari.
Then just download and integrate with Tampermonkey the YouTube Restore Classic script.How to activate YouTube dark theme on Android app and website
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