Google has continuously improved the YouTube experience with privacy features and new features. Here are the nine best hidden features to improve your YouTube experience.
YouTube is one of the most popular online platforms, with billions of users watching videos every day. Even with continued threats from users like ICT Tac, YouTube remains the preferred choice for most users. Google has continuously improved the YouTube experience with privacy features and new features. Here are the nine best hidden features to improve your YouTube experience.
So what are these hidden features? And how can you start using them to make your YouTube experience even better? Keep reading to find out!
In this article you will find:
1. Set a reminder to take a break
Opened YouTube to see your favorite breeder’s new upload and ended up watching cute cats 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 potentially your night), set a reminder to take a break or when it’s time to go to bed.
- Open YouTube on your phone.
- Tap your profile picture in the upper right corner and open Settings.
- Select General, then turn on Remind me to take a break and Remind me when it’s time to sleep. Set a reminder frequency for the first and add bedtimes for the second.
2. Stop YouTube Search History
YouTube uses your search and watch history to display video recommendations in your 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 stop your search and view history, and save yourself irrelevant video recommendations.
- Open YouTube settings on your phone (see steps above).
- Select History & Privacy.
- Enable Suspend watch history and Suspend search commands from history.
The trick comes in handy when you want to hide your YouTube search and see your better half’s history. However, there is no way to automatically disable both options. You must open the same History and Privacy menu to undo the change. You can also enable Incognito mode on YouTube, which provides a completely different home feed and displays ads in videos (even for YouTube Premium subscribers).
3. Use restricted mode
You don’t want your little ones to accidentally stumble upon offensive or adult content on YouTube. You can enable YouTube restricted mode to hide potentially mature videos. This will help ensure your kids are browsing a safer version of YouTube.
- Open the General menu in YouTube settings (check the steps above).
- Enable restricted mode switching.
4. Disable autoplay next video on YouTube
YouTube allows 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 (see the steps above).
- Open the AutoPlay menu.
- Disable +Autoplay in the next video.
5. Create GIF from YouTube Video
- Open a YouTube video on the desktop.
- Select the address bar and add GIF to the web URL. For example, changing the address bar from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxxx for https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxx.
Once the URL is adjusted, press the Enter key and open the same video on 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 end time and tap the Create GIF button in the top right corner.
- Add GIF information, stickers, 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 to start at a specific time
There is no 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 Share button and check the box next to Start at.
- Select the specific time from which the video should start.
- Click Copy and share the YouTube video.
You cannot create the same from apps Mobile YouTube.
7. Check video transcripts
YouTube automatically generates written transcripts for each of the videos. Written transcripts are useful when you want to annotate a specific quote or section of an instructional video; no need to play and pause the video all the time.
- Open any YouTube video on desktop.
- Select the three-dot menu.
- Click “Show Transcript”
- YouTube will load the automatically generated transcript in the top right corner.
YouTube does not support all languages needed to create a transcript. Sometimes you can make mistakes by generating transcripts with incorrect words or phrases.
8. Learn Keyboard Shortcuts for YouTube
If you mainly use YouTube on the desktop, you need to learn keyboard shortcuts to browse it faster and easier.
- 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 viewing
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 your phone.
- Press the Download button.
- Check all videos downloaded from the library.
You can customize your download preferences from YouTube settings.
- Go to YouTube settings (see steps above).
- Background selection & downloads.
- Select Quality and enable Download over Wi-Fi only to save cellular data.
Use YouTube to your advantage to learn new things
If you’re a frequent YouTube user, get a YouTube Premium subscription to remove ads, enable offline downloading, and unlock millions of tracks through YouTube’s music streaming service.
YouTube is one of the most popular sites on the internet, and for good reason. It offers a wealth of content that can appeal to everyone. Additionally, Google is constantly adding features to YouTube to make it even more powerful. If you’re not using all of YouTube’s features, you’re missing out. Check AndroidGeek for all the latest Newinformation leaks and reviews of YouTube and other technology products.