YouTube has been around since 2005 and is one of the most visited websites in the world. Tons of features have been added to the YouTube website and apps over the years. We share some that you may not know.
View the transcript of a YouTube video
Subtitles appear in real time while a video is playing. Obviously, that’s the main purpose of subtitles, but you can also get a full transcript reading.
This is particularly useful if you want to read subtitles at your own pace, copy text, or even look up spoken words in a video. You can transcribe on the YouTube desktop site and on the iPhone and Android apps.
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Find all your comments
If you’re an active commenter on YouTube, your comments are spread across dozens of different videos. However, there isn’t really a good way to see all your comments in one place. Unless you know where they’re going.
Your YouTube comment history is actually saved in Google’s “My Activity” portal. You can go directly to the YouTube comments section and see them all in a chronological list.
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Save videos to watch later
You have probably been browsing YouTube and have come across a video that seems interesting. What if you don’t have time to watch it right now? The “Watch Later” feature is perfect for this.
“Watch Later” is essentially just a playlist that you can add videos to for, you guessed it, watching later. It’s great for saving videos you don’t want to forget, and it works everywhere you can access the YouTube website or app.
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Make YouTube videos always fill your phone screen
It is quite common for your phone screen to have a different aspect ratio than YouTube videos. You can pinch to zoom to fill the entire screen when watching a video, but you have to do it every time.
In fact, you can make videos always fill the entire screen. You won’t have to pinch to zoom each time, but you’ll be able to zoom out if too much of the video is cut off.
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Double tap to jump forward and backward
Here is a quick tip that will save you a lot of time watching videos on the YouTube mobile app. Instead of using the seek bar to move forward and backward in the video, simply double-tap on the left or right side of the video.
Change double tap skip time
Speaking of double-tapping to go forward or backward in a video, you can adjust the length of these jumps. By default, it is 10 seconds. You can customize this duration from five to 60 seconds. It’s a great thing to do if you find yourself tapping on the video too much.
Double tap with two fingers to skip chapters
Let’s continue with the double tap gestures. One finger will jump forward or backward, but tapping with two fingers serves a different purpose. Some longer videos on YouTube are divided into “chapters.” By using two fingers to touch the left or right side of the screen, you can jump between chapters.
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Share a specific clip from a YouTube video
You’ve probably shared a YouTube video and told the person to “start from 3:21” or something. A better way is to share a link that starts at a specific time, but there’s a lesser-known trick that’s even better than that.
YouTube website and apps support a feature called “Clips”. It allows you to choose a start and end time and share it as a “clip”. You can title the clip and then share it as usual. The only drawback is that you need to have a YouTube channel to use this feature.
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Speed up or slow down a YouTube video
YouTube videos do not have to play at loading speed. You can speed up or slow down any video you want. This is very useful for rewatching slow motion moments or watching long videos a little faster.
“Playback Speed” controls can be accessed on the web and mobile apps. You can select a speed between 0.25 times and 2 times normal speed, where “1” is normal speed.
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Take advantage of keyboard shortcuts
The latest feature includes a bunch of useful little tricks. YouTube on the web on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS supports a wide range of keyboard shortcuts.
These keyboard shortcuts can be used for video navigation, playback controls, and even navigating the YouTube interface. Check out the full list to see if there are any that can improve your YouTube experience.
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YouTube is one of those services that has something for both casual users and power users. Whether you watch a video from time to time or use YouTube as your main form of entertainment, there’s a feature for you.