Thanks to its huge library of content and content creators, YouTube is one of the most viewed streaming platforms in our day and age. YouTube also serves as a great platform for new creators looking to bring their creations out into the world. If you’ve been using YouTube for a while now then on some of the videos on YouTube you’ve probably come across a blue dot. Let’s look at it briefly.
What is the Blue dot on YouTube?
Apart from your subscriptions, the Blue dot on Youtube can often be seen and this means there is new content available from that particular creator. If you see a blue dot then it is likely that new content has recently been posted on the channel in question. It could be a new video, a post, or even a Livestream in the Community tab. If you are subscribed to the channel, or from the channel homepage itself, you can check it out of your notifications.
What is the Red dot on YouTube?
The Red dot on youtube is quite controversial, and is often used to denote banned or disabled channels. The red dot essentially implies that without specifying the reason for its unavailability, the channel is currently unavailable. If you see a red dot next to your favorite creator’s channel then it’s likely you won’t be able to access the content they ‘re offering anytime soon.
Why am I seeing a blue dot when there is no new content?
New Content is available
There could be multiple reasons why you see a blue dot when there is not one. This could very well be the case if you are using YouTube’s desktop version. The desktop version uses the blue dot to notify you of new videos, new live streams, new community posts, and more while the mobile version uses only the blue dot to notify you of new videos. If you see a blue dot but no new video, then try checking for new live streams or postings from the community.
This is a rare scenario, but if you skipped your creator’s new video by just watching it for a few seconds, Youtube may sometimes crash and still display the blue dot for the skipped video. You can play the video and skip to the end to get rid of this, so that Youtube thinks you’ve watched the video. You can also try to clear it off your watch history if you don’t want to skipping to the end.
Data not refreshed or synced
If there’s no new content from the creator yet but you’re still seeing the blue dot, then youtube will likely show you a cached preview of the channel. Regardless of whether you are using your desktop or mobile version, try refreshing your YouTube feed. The blue dot will either vanish, or your designer will refresh the page with new content available.
Cache acting up
If you use a mobile or desktop browser to access Youtube then try clearing your browser’s cache. This will help to get rid of any temporary files that will help you from scratch to load Youtube. This will eliminate any conflicts or crashes that caused the blue dot to appear over and over again.
We hope this guide has helped you understand the fundamentals of the youtube blue dot with ease. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us using the comment section below.
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