Is the YouTube sort option to view the oldest video missing? here’s why
New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….
The original story (published April 09, 2022) follows:
YouTube, the most popular video platform in the world, constantly receives updates and changes.
Although some updates add useful new features, changes are often not well received due to decisions that users find questionable.
For example, currently, many users are still unhappy with the YouTube team’s decision to remove the dislike button. Even alternative YouTube clients offer the option to bring back the dislike button as a primary feature.
That said, it looks like the company is working on another change that many won’t like. The YouTube team is now looking to remove the sort option to show video from the oldest channel.
YouTube sort option to show oldest channel video missing for many
Many YouTube users are reporting the sudden disappearance of the option that allowed them to sort their viewing by oldest channel video (1, 2, 3).
On today’s episode of shitty YouTube updates that nobody wanted: YouTube doesn’t let you sort by oldest first.
Question ! – Has YouTube removed the option to show the oldest video in a channel?
This is expected behavior: YouTube is testing a new change
The removal of the option to sort videos by oldest to newest has not been implemented for all YouTube accounts. According to multiple reports, including our internal tests, this happens randomly.
This made some users think it was a UI bug. But the YouTube team confirmed that this was an intentional change:
‘Now note that we are deprecating a sorting option and it is by oldest video at the channel level. But don’t panic, you can always see a channel’s oldest video by scrolling through its content’
Now, the only way to access the oldest videos in a YouTube channel will be to manually scroll down the list of videos. This can be quite problematic if it’s a channel with hundreds (or thousands) of videos.
Many users express their disagreement with the decision
As expected, complaints about YouTube’s decision were immediate. After all, users are missing another feature, instead of having the option to choose.
Why do companies deliberately make their app shittier? How does this benefit them? Like with removing likes/dislikes. Why remove a feature that everyone uses. It’ll just make you hate it. Literally no one asked. It’s as if these companies want to become the most hated companies.
I had exactly the same question. I really can’t understand who keeps making these decisions. Who in their right mind would think to delete this? What exactly is their reasoning? Next thing they are going to remove the pause button.
Currently, the company seems to be testing the change randomly. There is no information on an ETA for the final implementation of the change across the platform.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for further developments on the matter to update this story.
Update 1 (09 April 2022)
10:17 a.m. (IST): YouTube has recognized the issue where the Sort by option disappeared and said they are currently investigating it.
Update 2 (May 9, 2022)
11:10 a.m. (IST): TeamYouTube on Twitter has confirmed that the Sort by date added (oldest) option is still available. And if users can’t see it, they can try clearing cache and cookies or reinstalling the app.
12:21 p.m. (IST): This problem is not limited to Sort by Oldest, users are reporting (1, 2) that the Sort by Views option doesn’t work properly either. Also some say that the ‘Sort by’ option itself is gone.
YouTube support on Twitter said they were investigating the issue where the “Sort by” option is missing or unavailable. However, they did not provide any ETA for the patch.
Update 3 (May 17, 2022)
3:41 p.m. (IST): As suggested by a Redditor, Chrome and Firefox users can try installing YouTube Redux to fix this problem. This is an extension that incorporates various old features that YouTube has removed over the years.
Update 4 (May 19, 2022)
11:55 a.m. (IST): YouTube users would now have additional sorting options. You can now choose to include, remove, or show only regular videos, shorts, or live streams.
Update 5 (May 20, 2022)
11:31 a.m. (IST): YouTube Support on Twitter has confirmed that the issue with the sorting option has been resolved.
Hmm – we recently received similar reports, but this has already been fixed. If you are still having this issue, try force closing the app and make sure it is updated to the latest version. Restarting your device can also help. (Source)
Update 6 (May 23, 2022)
3:46 p.m. (IST): Although the support team has confirmed that a fix is live, users report that they still don’t have the “Sort by Oldest” option even on the latest version of YouTube.
However, users can try installing the latest beta version of YouTube – 17.20.37 and see if the problem is fixed.
Update 7 (May 25, 2022)
4:01 p.m. (IST): The latest version of YouTube has arrived on the Play Store which should bring back the “Sort by Oldest” option.
And if you don’t see any update on play store then you can download the latest version from here.
Update 8 (May 26, 2022)
5:28 p.m. (IST): YouTube Support has previously confirmed that this issue has been resolved. However, in a recent response, they said that the team is currently investigating.
Update 9 (May 31, 2022)
4:37 p.m. (IST): YouTube support on Twitter has once again confirmed that the problem of missing the “Sort by oldest” option has been resolved. However, new user reports keep pouring in that it’s not fixed yet.
Update 10 (June 6, 2022)
1:32 p.m. (IST): A user suggested a workaround that might help you restore the “Sort by Oldest” feature in the mobile app.
There are two cases, if you have a ‘Downloads’ or ‘Popular Downloads’ section or if you don’t have these sections. You can check the workaround below.
1. If you/they have an “Uploads” or “Popular Uploads” section on the channel homepage.
– Just tap or click on it and you will now be able to sort your/their videos into the “oldest” category by tapping “Sort by” and “Date added (oldest)”, then you have ended.
2. If you want to use this feature by yourself with your own YouTube channel with public videos and “Uploads” or “Popular Uploads” section is not on your channel homepage.
– Just go to your YouTube studio and click Personalization.
(You’ll need to sign in to studio.youtube.com on your home computer first if you haven’t already. The YouTube Studio app on mobile doesn’t currently allow you to do this.)
– After that, you should see that you are in the ‘Layout’ section.
– Scroll down to see “Featured Sections”, then you can now add “Downloads” or “Popular Downloads” or any section you want by clicking “+ADD SECTION” to customize the page. home of your channel.
Update 11 (October 31, 2022)
5:15 p.m. (IST): When asked about the “Sort by Oldest” filter, YouTube said it encountered issues creating new filters for content on mobile, which led to its temporary removal.
we recently launched filters for content type on mobile (Shorts, Live, etc.)
when adding these filtering options, we had problems getting all the sorting preferences you are used to. we know these features are important and we are still exploring how to bring them back
Update 12 (November 1, 2022)
4:37 p.m. (IST): A Redditor suggested a workaround where you need to search for old videos using the date in the search bar. You can check it below
Update 13 (2 November 2022)
2:17 p.m. (IST): According to one of our readers, the YouTube sort option to view older videos has also been removed from the desktop site.
Just disappeared for me today on the desktop.
Thanks for the tip: David Simpson!
Update 14 (3 November 2022)
5:20 p.m. (IST): According to a Redditor, the “sort by oldest” feature still works on YouTube Vanced. So those who have the missing feature can give it a try.
Works on Youtube Vanced at least.
Update 15 (4 November 2022)
3:41 p.m. (IST): We mentioned in our previous update that the missing feature is available in Vanced. However, it seems that this is not the case for some people.
Downloaded vanced and it still doesn’t work. I literally don’t want to have to scroll all day and create a playlist, but that might not leave me a choice
Thanks for the tip: Sabrina Savannah Szydlowska!
REMARK: You can also check YouTube’s bug/issue tracker.
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