5 new YouTube tricks for watching videos

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YouTube is your go-to for watching movies of all kinds, from music movies to how-to tutorials, product reviews and even motion pictures. On Monday, the video streaming service with over 2 billion customers introduced a number of new features designed to develop the way you watch movies.

From including video chapters that will help you discover your home to reorganizing buttons on the video screen, YouTube’s new options deliver some welcome additions.

All of those options can be found for iPhone ($699 at Amazon) and Android customers within the YouTube app, and a few can even work in your desktop browser. Be aware that a few of these options are nonetheless rolling out to customers, however YouTube says they are going to be out there inside the subsequent couple of days.

Listed here are YouTube’s 5 latest methods for watching movies.

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Video chapters to simply discover sections

As a substitute of skipping by a video whereas looking for the precise half you had been on the lookout for, now you can flick through chapters. YouTube’s new Video Chapters characteristic allows you to navigate movies by letting you leap ahead to a particular part of a video and rewatch a portion of a video. You possibly can both choose the video blocks on the video itself, or you possibly can view the chapters as thumbnails. The chapters give a quick description of what the part is about.

Not all movies may have chapters, nonetheless. The video creator might want to manually opt-in to together with them on their movies by itemizing timestamps of their description. See the video beneath for an instance of what it appears to be like like in your desktop or telephone.

Simpler entry to the captions button

Beforehand, to activate closed captions for movies, you’d need to maneuver by a number of video settings. Now, the choice to activate captions is situated on the video. All that you must do is faucet the CC icon within the top-right nook of the video display screen to show the captions on and off.

YouTube has additionally moved the autoplay button to the video display screen so it is simpler to modify on and off. At the moment, it is solely out there on phones, however YouTube is testing it for desktop.

YouTube has new gestures for viewing movies

You are used to tapping the full-screen icon within the lower-right nook of a video display screen while you need to watch a video in full-screen mode. Now you possibly can merely swipe up on the video to enter full-screen mode, and swipe down while you need to exit. 

A be aware for iPhone customers: When swiping all the way down to exit full-screen mode, swipe from the center of the complete display screen, somewhat than the highest — in any other case, you may find yourself swiping down your iPhone’s residence display screen.


Many YouTube movies look higher in panorama mode, somewhat than vertical.

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Steered actions

YouTube is rolling out instructed actions to boost your video-viewing expertise. The actions will immediate you to rotate your telephone or play a video in VR for a greater expertise. For instance, if the video you are watching would look higher in panorama mode, you may see an motion beneath the video that claims Rotate. You too can dismiss the actions by urgent the X button.

YouTube says it plans to introduce extra instructed actions sooner or later.

Bedtime reminders

You will get sucked into YouTube movies for hours with out realizing it. Now you possibly can forestall that with YouTube’s Bedtime Reminders characteristic. The brand new instrument allows you to set reminders for particular instances to cease watching movies.

To arrange a reminder, open the YouTube app in your telephone and faucet your account within the top-right nook — it’s going to both be the primary letter of your identify or an image. Then choose Time watched and toggle the swap on for Remind me when it is bedtime. You will then choose a begin and finish time, in addition to selecting whether or not you need YouTube to attend till you end watching the video earlier than sending the reminder. Below the identical settings, you can too have YouTube remind you when it is time to take a break.

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