How to subscribe and unsubscribe on youtube

So you’ve just found a youtube channel who’s videos you truly love, but you have a problem. How do you subscribe to that channel? With this blog I attempt to show you how to do this on both the Ios app and with the website. If you’re looking for how to do it with either just the IOS app or just the website feel free to skip to the appropriate heading.

Subscribing/unsubscribing with the IOS app

To subscribe with the IOS app first find a channel or a video on the channel to which you would like to subscribe to. Next go to the “more actions menu”. If you’re on a channel there will be a random unlabeled number. This is the amount of subscribers a person has at any given moment. Flick up with one finger until you hear “more actions”. The third thing you need to do is double tap on “more actions”. One of the options that should come up is “subscribe”. Double tap that. You should be subscribed. If you’re on a video: find the random number mentioned above, flick up with one finger until you hear “more actions”. Find subscribe, and double tap on it. Please note that you don’t have to click on a video to do this. Just make sure you’re on a video by that person/group’s channel and flick up until you find the “more actions” menu, find subscribe, and double tap on it.

Please note that
unsubscribe does not work with voiceover in the app at the moment and I’m not sure what the problem is, but to unsubscribe you’d repeat the process you used to subscribe. If it worked the videos should disappear out of your subscriptions and it should say “subscribe” when you go to the channel/video. As of writing this you get the notification that you unsubscribed, but the videos still show up in your subscriptions and when you flick up with one finger it still says “subscribed”. I have attempted to contact youtube numerous times in the past via the app store and their twitter and I have yet to receive a response.

Subscribing/unsubscribing with the website

So you want to use the site? That’s fine. The first thing you’ll need to do is find a youtube video or channel you want to subscribe to. The second thing if you found a video is go to the channel by pressing enter on the person’s name. The next thing you want to do is go to the top of the page and find the button (it may be a link) that says “subscribe. Press enter on that. A notification will come up with some options and the first one is subscribe which is what we’re looking for. Press enter on that one. You’ll get a notification that tells you that you’re subscribed. While in this notification you can configure your notification settings which includes whether or not you want to be notified when they post a video, do a livestream ETC. Once you do that hit okay.

To unsubscribe go to the person’s channel. Find the button that says “subscribed” and press enter on it. a dialog box should appear and you’ll need to tab down until you hear “unsubscribe, press enter on it. You can edit your subscription in this dialog box as well. Once you hit enter on the “unsubscribe link in the dialog box you should get a notification that says that you are now unsubscribed. If you do not want to unsubscribe, but still want to edit your subscription preferences you can go over to the next link that says “subscription preferences” and edit your subscription preferences.

Remember that you have to be logged in, in order for this to work. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions feel free to tweet me If anything changes I will update this post to reflect that.
Thanks for reading!

The Tech Cove#10

It’s the iPhone’s turn for an accessability moment, a GA preview of “Everybody wants to rule the world” with a Demon saga book, a clip from Robert Kingett’s new audio book, and much, MUCH, more!

Amazon music, not accessible

I’m posting this for anyone who may be curious. Do not, and I repeat, do not buy anything that uses Amazon music. I downloaded it because I wanted to try it. Here’s my experience.

I followed the directions, downloaded the installer file, and pressed run. The installer itself wasn’t so bad, but it needs improvements. It’s your typical installer, so if you’ve installed programs on your computer before. This should be easy for you to do.

So, now I’m at the point where I get to open up Amazon music, and play with it. So, I did that, or at least I tried to. Wait! How do you work this thing? *goes back to the instructions*.

*Tries to follow the instructions.* Where’s the file menu? What’s this button for? (No buttons are labeled.) “Why does NVDA keep saying “Pane” every time I try to tab around?

At this point I thought I was doing something wrong. I called my cousin over. After she took my place at the computer I started telling her the directions to add music. Her response: “I don’t see a file menu.” What? That’s the first step, and a sighted person can’t find it either?

Okay, time to uninstall this pile of trash! *goes to control panel>programs and features>clicks uninstall.* *waits for the windows uninstaller to come up. It finally does.* Um… What am I suppose to do here? It keeps saying “Pane!” It takes me a long time, but I finally figure it out by playing with the typical shortcut keys that most installers use.

First I clicked “alt Y” for “Yes I want to uninstall this program.” Then, I waited. After a few minutes NVDA made the sound indicating that there was a progress bar. So, I assumed that it was uninstalling the program.

When I didn’t hear the progress bar indecater any more. I went back to the uninstaller. Okay, time to play with key strokes again “Alt N” for next? Nope! Nothing. “Alt F” for finish? Nope! Inter? Yes, and just like that the program is gone from my computer.

I would like to point out that it took me several tries to figure this out. It didn’t just happen just like that. At last count before I got it right. I tried to uninstall this program at least three times.

Think the IOS app is better? Not quite. Oh sure you can listen to the music you bought. You just can’t downloaded. So, that was $5.00 I wasted. My poor college budget, and my bank account is still crying over this. (not really)

My hope is that someone who works on the Amazon music app for the computer, or the IOS app will see this. I hope that they will work to make this accessible to everyone. It would be nice if the buttons, or whatever they’re using were labeled. Could you guys also work on the installer/ uninstaller?

Thanks for reading!

Another thing to send to developers of IOS apps.

I know. I know. No one has posted a blog on here in a really long time.

For my part I wasn’t sure what, if anything I should post. I’m not sure about anyone else. Having said that, I just found something that I wanted to talk about.

Do you remember several blogs back when I sent you This right here? Well… I have something that I think goes along with it nicely

It’s about the accessability of of custom actions. It might be helpful to them. Especially if they’ve never encountered voice over before.

I came accross it via my twitter timeline just now, and thought I’d post it. So, that you can do whatever you want to do with it. Whether that is just reading, or sending it on. I hope you do something posative with it. 🙂

this thing right here. Remember, if you do send this to a devloper. Please be kind and curtious. I always start out with something posative about the app, then launch into the problems I’m having with it. Mostly because I, personally don’t take to kindly to people being rude to me, and they eventually get ignored. 🙂

Happy playing around with that page if that what you intend to do with it. Happy sending it on if that’s what you intend to do. Most of all, happy Independence day for all of us Americans, and thanks for reading. 🙂

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To Update, or Not to Update… That is the Question

Today is IOS 8 release day, which is usually a very exciting day if you are an iPod, iPad or iPhone user.
However, if you’re blind or visually impaired, please listen carefully to the following. Update at your own risk. Here’s why.
The great folks over here at AppleVis

have posted a great detailed article with all of the serious and minor accessibility bugs in IOS8.

I have seen a lot of people who were running the gold master version of IOS 8 tweeting and saying if you’re blind, do not update yet, there are tons of bugs. Usually, the GoldMaster of a product is what the users should expect on release day. I personally find this list of 27, yes count them, 27 bugs, unacceptable for an update. Sure, no IOS software is going to be bug free, but this isn’t under beta testing anymore.

I personally will not be upgrading my iPhone 5 until at least 8.0.1 comes out with hopeful bug fixes. I rely on Braille at church and for general use on the IOS platform, and with a lot of braille display bugs and braille bugs, it’s better to wait.
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