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5 YouTube Tips and Tricks

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Sure, YouTube is incredibly easy to use. But that doesn’t mean you can’t level up your video viewing game with these quick tips.

1. Slow your roll

Want to scrutinize each moment of a tutorial or #EpicFail video? Switch to slo-mo. Tap a video as it’s playing, then tap the three-dot icon that appears and select “Playback speed.” Here you can choose quarter, half, or three-quarter speed. If you’re in a rush, crank it up to a brisk but still intelligible 1.5x.

2. Skip back (or forward) with ease

Here’s the easiest way to rewind and fast-forward: While watching a video, double-tap the left or right half of the play window. The skip time defaults to 10 seconds, but you can customize this by tapping your account icon at the upper right, then tapping Settings > “Skip forward and back.” Pick anywhere from five to 60 seconds.

With a YouTube Premium subscription, watch exploding airbags and slime-making tutorials ad-free.

3. Nix the ads

With a YouTube Premium subscription, stream ad-free, download videos for offline, and watch with Picture in Picture mode. To sign up, tap your account icon at the upper right, then tap Settings > Get YouTube Premium.

4. Take a break

Want YouTube to let you know you’ve been watching for a while? Tap your account icon at the upper right, then tap Settings and toggle on “Remind me to take a break.” (Bonus: To see how much time you’ve spent watching over the past seven days, tap your account icon and select “Time watched.”)

5. Go dark

With the dimmer background of YouTube’s Dark theme, colors in your videos really pop. To turn this on, tap your account icon in the upper right, then tap Settings and toggle on “Dark theme.”

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