YouTube Will Stop Showing Annotations in January 2019

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YouTube Annotations are those tiny popups in the videos. Back in May 2017, YouTube announced the discontinuation of the annotations editor for creators. New videos would not be able to use annotations since then. Now, YouTube decides to stop showing all existing annotations to everyone starting from January 15, 2019.

Annotations will be completely replaced by end screens and cards. According to YouTube, they can be shown to more types of devices, both desktop, mobile phones and tablets. Annotations do not work well on mobile devices, which is where over 60% of YouTube watch time happens.

End screens and cards are simpler and easier to implement into a video. Combined with their better conversion rate, the removal of annotations is for the good of the creators and viewers.

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