10 tricks you should know to master YouTube

10 tricks you should know to master YouTube

Surely you use YouTube every day of your life, or almost. And we don’t blame you, the truth is that the social network It has become the substitute for TV and radio for many users, including myself.

And it is that, among its vast content, we can find everything: music video tutorials, gameplays, specialized channels on all kinds of topics (literature, politics, cinema, video games, cooking …), streaming content, and a long etcetera.

Now do you really know how to use YouTube? We are not referring to knowing how to navigate through its interface, but to know its deepest secrets.

Perhaps this question has taken you by surprise. If so, you need to take a look at the special we have prepared with the 10 tricks you should know to master YouTube. At the end of this reading you will be an expert. Let’s start!


Share a video at the exact moment you want

A very practical option if you want to get to the point when you share a video. Just click on the ‘Share’ button, the one that appears with an arrow to its left. Then a menu will appear with the URL to share the content, and just below is where you will find the option to edit the exact second of the video from where you want it to start playing.


Create your own gifs from a video

A fairly popular trick among the community of users of the social network and quite simple to perform. To do this, just add the word la Gif ’just before the word‘ Youtube ’in the URL of the video in question. In this example you can see it better: https://www.gifyoutube.com/…

Next, you will see how a gif editor opens in which you can edit to taste where the gif starts and ends that you are creating.


Download the video that you like the most

In the same way that we edited the URL above to add the word ‘Gif’, here what we should do is write ‘ss’ just in front of ‘Youtube’. Again, We leave you with another example: https://www.ssyoutube.com/…


Clear your play history

The fact that YouTube saves our search history can be useful if we want to see a certain video again later, or that it recommends related content. However, this can degenerate into a kind of comfort zone where we will end up accessing the same type of videos.

If you want to avoid this type of themed bubbles, you must go to the option ‘History’ in the left margin of the screen and select the options ‘Clear the playback history’ to clear the history, or ‘Pause the YouTube playback history’, to stop saving your searches.

Manipulate playback speed

If you want to play a video in fast or slow motion, you can do it by clicking on the ‘Settings’ button, the one with a gear shape. In the drop-down menu, select the desired playback speed, within the 1.25X, 1.75X or 2X range to accelerate; or 0.75X, 0.5X or 0.25X to slow down the video.


Activate dark mode

With this simple trick you can change the background color of the YouTube interface to be black, which helps reduce visual stress. To do this, go to the user menu in the upper right corner and select the option to activate “dark theme”.


Access stats for nerds

Quick and easy. Just click with the right mouse button on the playback window to access a pop-up menu with various options. Click on the last of all, ‘Statistics for nerds’.

There you will see a whole series of technical aspects of the content, such as video drops, resolution, video codec, etc.

Avoid annoying advertising

For those who use YouTube from Chrome, there is a quite useful extension to end hateful ads. It’s called ‘AdBlock for Yotube’, and you just need to enable it in your browser to prevent banners, advertisements and even prerolls ads from showing up.


Eliminate regional restrictions

Has it ever happened to you that, when trying to play a video, you see a warning that the content is not available for your country? That is precisely the regional restriction.

If you want to avoid it, go to the URL of the video and replace the part where it says ‘watch? V’, just after youtube.com/, and just put ‘v /’. Take a look at this example: http://www.youtube.com/v/…

Keyboard shortcuts

We end up with everything big, with one of the most useful tricks on the list, especially if you are playing YouTube from a computer. Of course, we are talking about keyboard shortcuts to navigate the social network like a real pro … Do you know them?

Space bar Play or pause playback.
K Play or pause the video on the platform player.
M Mute or activate sound.
Right or left arrow Advance the video 5 seconds.
Left arrow Rewind the video 5 seconds.
J Go back 10 seconds in the video.
L Advance 10 seconds in the video.
Eat (,) Advance to the next frame (video must be paused).
Point (.) Rewind to the previous frame (video must be paused).
Plus symbol (+) Increase the font size of the subtitles.
Minus symbol (-) Decrease the font size of the subtitles.
> Accelerate playback speed.
< Slow down playback speed.
Up arrow Increase the volume by 5%.
Down arrow Lower the volume by 5%.
Numbers from 1 to 9 Browse between the 10% and 90% points of the video respectively.
Number 0 Go to the beginning of the video.
/ Go to the search box.
F Access or exit full screen mode.
C Enable or disable subtitles.
Shift + N Go to the next video. If you use this combination in a playlist, you will go to the next video in the list. Otherwise, you will go to the next suggested video.
Shift + P Go to the previous video. This combination only works with playlists.
I Open the mini player.

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