YouTube can be installed as a progressive web application (PWA)

Today, a handful of Google services are available as progressive web apps. After music and TV, the main YouTube site can now be set up as a PWA for quick dedicated access.

Progressive web app support for has been added in the last few days. In Chrome, the plus sign icon in a circle appears directly in the Omnibox, prompting users to “Install the app”. It differs from the option “Install” of the browser’s manual overflow menu, which has been available for some time now.

Then you get a big red play logo in your app launcher to open YouTube in a window that doesn’t have the address bar and other UI elements for a dedicated experience. Shelf pinning (like on Chrome OS) provides immediate access to what’s being read.

This ability to install the main site joins the PWAs for YouTube Music (October 2019) and YouTube TV (January 2020), thus completing the family. Meanwhile, other Google sites include:

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