Even with the constant threats from the likes of TikTok, YouTube remains the preferred choice for most users. Google has steadily improved the YouTube experience with thoughtful privacy functions and add-ons. Here are the nine best hidden features to level 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 broadcasting a giraffe dance or explanation on a black hole for an hour? It happens to the best of us. Before YouTube’s clever algorithms lure you into watching more videos and spoil your day (and possibly night), set a reminder to take a break or when it’s time to sleep.
- Open YouTube on your phone.
- Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner.
- to open Settings.
- Choose general.
- turn on Remind me to take a rest Toggle and set the reminder frequency.
- turn on Remind me when it’s time to sleep Toggle on and add bedtime clocks to show a reminder during the exact time.
2. Pause YouTube search and watch history
YouTube uses your search and watch history to display video recommendations on the homepage feed. Suppose someone else (your child or a guest) is using your YouTube account on a smart TV or tablet. In this case, you can pause your search and watch history and save yourself from irrelevant video recommendations.
- Open YouTube settings on your phone (see steps above).
- Choose HISTORY AND PRIVACY.
- turn on Pause Watch History And the Pause search history switch.
The trick is useful when you want to hide your YouTube search and watch history from your better half. However, there is no way to disable both options automatically. You should open the same HISTORY AND PRIVACY Menu to return for change. You can also enable hidden mode On YouTube, which offers a completely different home feed and shows ads in videos (even for YouTube Premium subscribers).
3. Use restricted mode
You don’t want your kids to accidentally find 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 on Content Restricted Mode switch.
YouTube does not guarantee that the restricted mode is 100% accurate. Also, it will not enable the restricted mode for your account on other devices. The filter only applies to your current phone or tablet.
4. Disable autoplay next video on YouTube
YouTube enables autoplay by default and plays the next suggested video automatically. If you no longer want suggested videos to play automatically, use the steps below to disable this behavior.
- Turn on the YouTube settings menu on your phone (see steps above).
- open the auto start existing.
- turn off Autoplay the next video switch.
5. Create GIF from YouTube video
Found a popular YouTube video and want to make a GIF from it? Here’s how to make a GIF from a YouTube video and start trending on Twitter and Instagram.
- Open a YouTube video on your desktop.
- Select the address bar and add GIF to a web URL.
For example, change the address bar from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4I7c4GY-3I&ab to me https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=b4I7c4GY-3I&ab.
Once the URL has been modified, hit the Enter key, and open the same video at gifs.com.
- Trim the video and then add captions, stabilizations, and blurs. You can also use other editing tools from the left sidebar.
- Select the start time, edit the time and press Create GIF button in the upper right corner.
- Add GIF info, tags, watermark or audio and tap next one.
- Share your GIF on social media handles or download to send via WhatsApp or Telegram.
6. Create a shareable link that starts at a specific time
You don’t need to ask the recipient to forward the YouTube video to a certain time. You can easily create a shareable YouTube link that starts at a specific time.
- Visit the YouTube website and play any video.
- select file Involved button and enable the checkbox next to start at.
- Specify the exact time the video should start.
- click copy And share a YouTube video.
You can’t create the same from YouTube mobile apps.
7. Check video transcripts
YouTube automatically generates a script for each video. Transcripts come in handy when you want to jot down a quote or a specific session from an educational video. You don’t need to play and pause the video all the time.
- Open any YouTube video on your desktop.
- Select the three dots list.
- click Show text.
- YouTube loads the automatically generated text in the upper-right corner.
YouTube does not support all languages required to create text. At times, he may mistype written texts with incorrect words or sentences.
8. Learn YouTube keyboard shortcuts
If you mainly use YouTube on the desktop, you should learn keyboard shortcuts to navigate it like a pro.
- Open YouTube and select your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
- Choose Keyboard shortcuts To check all key combinations for navigating through YouTube videos.
9. Save YouTube videos for offline use
YouTube Premium subscribers can download videos to watch offline. Your YouTube video downloads remain available for 30 days without an internet connection.
- Open a YouTube video on mobile.
- Click on Download button.
- Check all downloaded videos from file Library > Downloads existing.
You can customize your download preference in YouTube settings.
- Go to YouTube Settings (see steps above).
- Choose Background and Downloads.
- Choose Download quality and enable Download via Wi-Fi only To save cellular data.
Use YouTube to your advantage
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