We’ve all been using YouTube to watch videos, but what if I tell you that some hidden settings within YouTube can be used to improve the user experience? These are the 9 best YouTube tips and tricks and quick settings that you should never miss.
1) Link to any part of the video
When you share the YouTube video with your friends or anywhere, the video starts from the beginning. If you want to show someone a little clip inside, not the full video from the beginning, you can use this simple trick.
The trick works like this: You must add a timestamp to the end of the URL to start the video from the moment you have chosen.
YouTube timestamp code instances:
- & t = 30s
- & t = 60s
- & t = 90s O & t = 1m30s
Note: The timestamp works on desktop links, youtube.com, not youtu.be.
Tap the “Share” button and paste the link into Google Chrome and then copy the link from the desktop and paste the link with the added code all the way.
2) Change double tap to find the timer
More or less, people tend to skip YouTube videos a lot to search for the actual clip and many of you might be using the double tap function to search instead of the time slider. When you double tap the video, either left or right, the video will jump to 10 seconds as the default time is set to 10 seconds. But you can change this timer in YouTube settings according to your requirements.
Tap the user icon in the upper right corner, go to Settings -> General -> Double tap to search and change the timer accordingly.
3) Enter dark mode
Currently, several smartphones offer dark mode, which is used to change the interface to dark. Dark mode reduces glare and is useful if you use the phone at night or in darker environments.
YouTube also offers you a dedicated dark mode and you don’t have to rely on the smartphone’s native Dark Mode feature, even if your smartphone supports Dark Mode or not, YouTube uses its own Dark Mode effectively.
To activate dark mode on YouTube, go to Settings -> General -> Dark Theme and turn on the slider.
4) Limit mobile data
Are you a regular YouTube user? Your mobile data can be heavily consumed if you use YouTube frequently on mobile data. YouTube offers you the best quality videos depending on the connection speed and latency and many of you are streaming on the 4G network.
If you are using high-speed mobile data, the videos will eventually render in HD or higher. That said, you can limit mobile data and use YouTube’s mobile data storage feature.
To go Settings -> General -> Limit the use of mobile data and hit the slider. This will only stream SD videos (i.e. 480p or less) and HD videos over a Wi-Fi connection.
5) Change accounts
Do you use YouTube with multiple accounts? If you are like me, who uses multiple accounts on YouTube, there is a quick setting that allows you to instantly switch to another account.
Tap the user icon in the upper right corner and tap the Change account, select the accounts you want to use with YouTube. If you haven’t added multiple accounts, tap the ‘+‘Symbol to add.
6) Fire incognito
You may have heard of incognito mode, some of you are already using this feature in browsers like Google Chrome. The same is incorporated into the YouTube application, every time you search for something or carry out any type of activity on YouTube, the incognito mode helps you maintain your privacy.
Tap the user icon in the upper right corner and tap the option ‘Light the incognito‘To enter YouTube incognito mode. Once you’re done browsing YouTube, exit incognito by tapping the incognito icon at the top and turn it off from the bottom.
7) Zoom in to fill the screen
A simple trick will take you to experience YouTube in full screen while playing videos, if you see black bars at the top and bottom or on the sides, pinch and zoom to remove the black bars, that’s it.
Here is a preview showing the fill screen feature on YouTube.
8) Delete history
Are you someone using a public device or are you on a shared device, is one of your mobile devices shared with others? Then it is recommended to erase the search history on the device once you have finished browsing YouTube, this ensures your privacy security.
To clear the history on YouTube, go to Settings -> History and privacy and clear search history. You also can clear watch history if you don’t want someone to look at what you’ve seen.
9) Customize notifications
YouTube sends you notifications whenever someone likes it, comments, responds in your video, and even more so when your subscribed channels upload a new video, also in new YouTube video suggestions, and so on. If you want to control the notifications that are sent to you, this is what you can do.
To go Settings -> Notifications and use the sliders to enable or disable the notifications you need or not.
That was it. These are the 9 best YouTube tips, tricks, and quick settings you should know. If you know anything else, comment below. For more tips and tricks, visit the How-To Guides.