10 tips and shortcuts for YouTube videos



If you’re using a phone or tablet, you can double-tap the left or right of a video while it is playing to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. To quickly enter and exit full screen mode on a mobile device, swipe up to enter or down to exit.

3. Activate the dark theme

Dark theme makes your background look dark. It was developed to reduce glare and give you the true colors of your videos. It is available on smartphone, tablet and desktop versions.

You can activate it in the app settings by clicking or tapping on the account icon, which may contain your photo. Then, on mobile, it’s Settings | General | Appearance | Dark theme. On the desktop, click on your account icon followed by Appearance | Dark theme.

4. Find similar videos

On a mobile device, you can quickly view a row of suggested videos by tapping the screen while watching in full screen. Some thumbnail images will appear, each suggested by YouTube based on your viewing history.

When watching on a computer, suggested videos are listed on the right side of the screen.

5. Go “Incognito”

If you want to search for something weird, take a random peek, or just browse YouTube without affecting your personalized recommendations, incognito mode behaves like you’re not signed into your account. This means that none of your activities, such as searches, subscribes, or watched videos, will influence your YouTube experience or affect the recommendations you get.

To activate private browsing mode, tap your profile picture at the top right of the screen and select Activate private browsing.


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