What happened to back button and refresh button on YouTube PWA

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I today installed YouTube PWA from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel and what I saw is the back and refresh buttons on the left of titlebar are missing. I only saw it on the YouTube PWA. Has anyone else noticed this? Please resolve this issue as soon as possible as it makes unable to use the YouTube PWA @johnjansen  @Deleted 


Back and refresh buttons missing on the left of titlebar in the YouTube PWA.Back and refresh buttons missing on the left of titlebar in the YouTube PWA.

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best response confirmed by TheShaunSaw (Silver Contributor)

@TheShaunSaw thanks for the feedback on this. It's actually by design at present. The YouTube manifest includes the displaymode property for "standalone" which the w3c spec indicates should not have an address bar nor other UI components, though browsers MAY include a "status bar" and a "back button". The displaymode that includes refresh and back is called "minimal-ui". I'm not sure why youtube opted for standalone.


I'll do some follow up with that, as well as possibly reconsider our design and start including the back button if nothing else...



@johnjansenAny news about this problem?

I also have a few other sites that have the same behavior:





Could you fix this problem quickly?


Thank you in advance.

I look forward to hearing from you.







Hello @Gryphou 


While the edge team does not respond, you can alternatively use the F5 button

@Gryphou thanks for asking. As I mention, this is by design. The sites themselves indicate they want to have the "standalone" appearance, which means no back or refresh button. What they should do is change their manifest so that the browser will include those buttons.



If the PWA you are using doesn't have the control on the titlebar, you can use those functions through the context menu or by using keyboard shortcuts.

@TheShaunSaw @johnjansen @eguifThis is not a solution, navigation becomes a real purge.
I'm not going to tell all sites to change their configuration...

The return arrow is a minimum for normal navigation.


For Youtube for example, if I want to go back to a channel, it's impossible without having to go back to the home page, it's ridiculous.

Hello @Gryphou 


Of course, this is far from a solution

As I mentioned, alternatively you can use the F5 button to refresh the page

You mentioned that you just want to go back to the previous page
Again, alternatively you can go to edge://flags/#edge-backspace-key-navigate-page-back and activate this flag

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After that, you can use the backspace button

@eguifWhat version of edge do you use ? I don't have this flag. I'm on the v85.0.564.51

Hello @Gryphou 


Probably this flag has not yet arrived in the stable version

I use the dev version 87.0.634.0



Really the PWAs now appear the to be stripped version of websites. They don't have the functionalities that you have in browsers and they don't have the elaborate feature set of native apps. 


Ironic because they were supposed to be Best of Both Worlds.

Hello @Gryphou 


You can read about what a reddit user has posted and if it will work for you

I haven't tested


In a certain excerpt he says "PWA Manifest Remover: This one overrides the manifest.json some sites have. Lets be honest, I don't know a single site that uses the manifest correctly. Sites like YouTube and Twitter remove the" back "button either deliberately or by accident because Edge follows the settings of their manifest.json files.Even this site, Reddit, has an incorrect name for the PWA ("App" instead of "Reddit"). This script fixes that. If you already have a YouTube PWA, remove it and create the PWA after this userscript loads, and the back button should return. "

Dare you speak that! Do you know how senior he is in the team? He is working on the browser and clearly knows a lot better than you.

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