YouTube is one of the most popular social media platforms out there and is used by over 1 million people daily to watch videos related to their interests and desires. The platform is often left out in discussion regarding the most popular social networking sites, since it is different when compared to other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the rest. However, it is the second-largest search engine after Google and has the second-largest audience and reach after Facebook, making it a very popular and in-demand platform for users. Although there are so many people on the platform, very few of them know that there are a number of useful tricks on the platform, which improve the user experience and enable more customization of the content that they view.
Additionally, there are more secrets of YouTube such as ways how to watch private YouTube videos. For the sake of this article, we will be highlighting one of the best and most useful hacks and tricks on the platform that you may not have known about.
Many users watch YouTube at night when the lighting might not be that good for the content to be viewed by the standard white-themed background, which is bright and uncomfortable for the eyes under dim lights. Fortunately, the platform has the ability to toggle dark mode for smartphones and computers. This can be toggled on in the computer by clicking on the three stacked lines and switching on dark mode. For mobile devices, this can be turned on by selecting the option in the settings.
Picture in picture
This feature enables you to use other apps while also watching the video as a smaller rectangular box on your screen. This is particularly helpful if you want to send texts or look at other things while also listening to a podcast or music in the background. However, this feature is only available for premium members and on android devices. It needs to be activated from the settings then go to Apps & notifications from there, navigate to Advanced, and then Special access finally to Picture-in-picture from where you can select YouTube to switch on the feature.
Save video to be viewed offline
This is another useful feature, which enables a user to save a video that they would like to watch at a later time, and can be viewed offline since it gets downloaded to your app. This means you will still be able to watch the video even if you don’t have internet access. However, this feature is only available for premium users of the app.
When using a computer, you can use shortcuts to fast-forward or backward 10 seconds by pressing the L and J keys respectively. Additionally, this feature is also available on smartphones, double-tapping on the right side of the screen while watching a video fast forwards it 10 seconds, and double-tapping on the left makes the video go back 10 seconds.
These are some of the most popular and useful features on the app which greatly improve the viewing experience, and present content in a more engaging way.