YouTube has new features to try. Here’s how to use them

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Prepared for brand new YouTube gestures, chapters and extra? 

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YouTube is your go-to for streaming movies — from music movies, how-to tutorials, product reviews and even motion pictures. In October, the video streaming service, which has over 2 billion customers, introduced a number of new options designed to develop the way you watch movies.

From including video chapters, to serving to you discover your home, to reorganizing buttons on the video display screen, YouTube’s new options carry 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 may also work in your desktop browser. In case you do not see the brand new options, you could have to replace the YouTube app in your telephone.

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

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Video chapters to simply discover sections

As an alternative of skipping via a video whereas looking for the precise half you have been in search of, now you can flick through chapters. YouTube’s new Video Chapters characteristic allows you to navigate movies by letting you leap ahead to a selected part of a video and rewatch a portion of a video. You may both choose the video blocks on the video itself, or you may view the chapters as thumbnails. The chapters give a short description of what the part is about.

Not all movies can have chapters, nevertheless. The video creator might want to manually decide in to together with them on their movies by itemizing timestamps of their description. See the video under for an instance of what it seems to be like in your desktop or telephone.

Simpler entry to the captions button

Beforehand, to activate closed captions for movies, you’d must maneuver via a number of video settings. Now, the choice to activate captions is positioned on the video. All you want to 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 once you wish to watch a video in full-screen mode. Now you may merely swipe up on the video to enter full-screen mode, and swipe down once you wish to exit. 

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


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

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Advised actions

YouTube is rolling out steered 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 under the video that claims Rotate. It’s also possible to dismiss the actions by urgent the X button.

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

Bedtime reminders

You may get sucked into YouTube movies for hours with out realizing it. Now you may stop that with YouTube’s Bedtime Reminders characteristic. The brand new device 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 may 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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Katie Conner