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YouTube adds filter options on iOS to make your backlog less intimidating

Google is introduce filters to the Subscriptions tab on today’s iOS app, to make it less intimidating to find out what to view (through 9to5Google). The company says it plans to bring them to Android phones in the future. The filters exist to help users order their unpaired videos more easily from channels to which they are subscribed – and can be especially useful for people who subscribe to many channels.

With the filters, users can choose to watch videos of all their subscriptions in one go, videos posted today, videos they might have started but then bounced off, those from subscriptions that they didn’t watch at all, live videos from channels to which they subscribe, or simply view a list of short messages from YouTube channels that look like tweets. By tapping a filter, users see a reverse chronological list of videos that match that filter.

This is what the filters look like in the updated app that I saw myself today:

However, the filters are not mandatory. People who do not use them have their subscriptions in the reverse chronological list of each video of each channel to which they are subscribed – as always.

But the available filters are fairly simple, and I can think of a few potential options that are missing here. For example, if you can filter subscriptions by category or length, they would be more useful. Hopefully Google will add more filters in the future.