Even continuously threats from TikTok, YouTube remains the preferred choice for most users. Google has steadily enhanced the YouTube experience with thoughtful privacy features and add-ons. Here are the nine best hidden features to up your YouTube game.
1. Set a reminder to take a break
Did you open YouTube to watch your favorite creator’s new upload and end up streaming the giraffe dance or a black hole explainer for an hour? It happens to the best of us. Before YouTube’s smart algorithms trick you into watching more videos and ruining your day (and possibly your night), set a reminder to take a break or for bedtime.
- Open YouTube on your phone.
- Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
- Open Settings.
- Select General.
- turn it on Remind me to take a break toggle and set a reminder frequency.
- turn it on Remind me when it’s bedtime toggle and add bedtimes to show a reminder during the set time.
2. Pause YouTube Search and Watch History
YouTube uses your search and watch history to display video recommendations on the home feed. Suppose another person (your child or a guest) is using your YouTube account on your smart TV or tablet. In this case, you can temporarily pause your search, watch the history, and save yourself irrelevant video recommendations.
- Open YouTube settings on your phone (refer to the steps above).
- Select History and Privacy.
- turn it on Pause watch history and Pause search history seesaw.
The trick comes in handy when you want to hide YouTube search and watch history from your better half. However, there is no way to automatically disable both options. You must open the same History and Privacy menu to cancel the change. You can also activate Incognito mode on YouTube, which has a completely different home feed and shows in-video ads (even for YouTube Premium subscribers).
3. Use restricted mode
You don’t want your kids to accidentally stumble upon offensive or adult content on YouTube. You can enable YouTube restricted mode to hide potentially mature videos.
- Open the General menu in YouTube settings (check the steps above).
- turn it on Restricted mode to toggle.
YouTube does not guarantee that Restricted Mode is 100% accurate. Also, it will not enable restricted mode for your account on other devices. The filter only applies to your current phone or tablet.
4. Disable Autoplay Next YouTube Video
YouTube enables autoplay by default and automatically plays the next suggested video. If you no longer wish to autoplay suggested videos, follow the steps below to disable the behavior.
- Launch the YouTube Settings menu on your phone (refer to the steps above).
- Open the Autoplay menu.
- turn it off Autoplay next video to toggle.
5. Create GIF from YouTube Video
Have you found a trending YouTube video and want to make a GIF out of it? Here’s how you can create a GIF from a YouTube video and start trending on Twitter and Instagram.
- Open a YouTube video on the desktop.
- Select the address bar and add GIF to the web URL.
For example, change the address bar from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4I7c4GY-3I&ab at https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=b4I7c4GY-3I&ab.
Once you have changed the URL, hit the enter key and open the same video in gifs.com.
- Crop the video, then add a caption, padding, and blur. You can also use other editing tools in the left sidebar.
- Select the start and modification time and press the key Create a GIF button in the upper right corner.
- Add GIF information, tags, watermark or sound and click Next.
- Share your GIF on social networks or download it to send via WhatsApp or Telegram.
6. Create a shareable link from a specific time
You don’t need to ask the recipient to forward the YouTube video at a certain time. You can easily create a shareable YouTube link that starts at a specific time.
- Visit YouTube on the web and play any video.
- Select the To share button and check the box next to it start to.
- Select the specific time from which the video should start.
- Click on Copy and share the YouTube video.
You cannot create the same from YouTube mobile apps.
7. Check video transcripts
YouTube automatically generates a written transcript for each video. Written transcripts come in handy when you want to jot down a specific quote or session from an instructional video. You don’t need to play and pause the video all the time.
- Open any YouTube video on desktop.
- Select the three-dot menu.
- Click on View Transcript.
- YouTube loads the automatically generated transcript in the upper right corner.
YouTube does not support all languages needed to create a transcript. Sometimes it can make mistakes by generating transcripts with incorrect words or phrases.
8. Learn YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts
If you primarily use YouTube on the desktop, you need to learn the keyboard shortcuts to navigate it like a pro.
- Open YouTube and select your profile picture in the top right corner.
- Select Keyboard shortcuts to check all key combinations to browse YouTube videos.
9. Save YouTube videos for offline use
YouTube Premium subscribers can download videos for offline viewing. Your YouTube video downloads remain available for 30 days without an internet connection.
- Open a YouTube video on mobile.
- Press the To download button.
- Check all videos downloaded from the Library > Downloads menu.
You can customize the download preference from YouTube settings.
- Go to YouTube settings (refer to the steps above).
- Select Background and downloads.
- Select Download quality and activate Download over Wi-Fi only to save cellular data.
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