10 Tips & Tricks to Help You Make the Most Out of YouTube

Youtube is the home of video on the internet. Despite its popularity, there still might be some useful tips and tricks you might be unaware of. Some of these features are rather obvious whereas for others, you might need to do some digging.

Here are the 10 YouTube features which can make your experience even better:

10) Play In the Background

No service is perfect and YouTube’s biggest shortcoming is its app’s inability to play videos in the background when your phone is locked. You can change that — unfortunately, only if you’re an iOS user — by following a simple process.

  • Step 1: Open YouTube in Safari.
  • Step 2: Play a Video.
  • Step 3: Press iPhone’s home button.
  • Step 4: Launch Control Center.

Android folks can use apps like NewPipe to get around the issue.

9) Loop Videos

YouTube loop on desktop is extremely useful but the feature isn’t very easy to find. In order to loop a video, follow the following steps:

  • Step 1: Play a video.
  • Step 2: Right click the video.
  • Step 3: Select loop.

Note: Even if your have Autoplay enabled, the video will replay if you have enabled this feature.

8) Get Nerdy

There are always people who want to go in detail and to explore additional information about YouTube videos, such as the video format, audio format and bandwidth.

To check all of that, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Start a video
  • Step 2: Right click the video player
  • Step 3: Select Stats for Nerds

7) Different Interface

Youtube has recently updated its user interface and brought some pretty significant changes. While it’s much easier to use now, to spice things up, you can try a different interface by clicking here. The interface is optimized for TV and is a pleasure to use if you’re using a Chromecast or other device.

6) Try Out New Features

In order to test upcoming and experimental features YouTube aims to launch, you can sign up for YouTube TestTube.

5) Read YouTube

The next time you can’t find your headphones, you should consider turning on the Captions. The Captions are similar to movie subtitles. They are real-time and make life much easier.

The Captions are especially useful if you are watching a video in different language. You can also change the Captions language.

4) Use Shortcuts

Shortcuts are always helpful and YouTube also provides the ease of them. Here is a list of them which you might find useful:

  • J key — Rewind
  • L key — Skip 10 Seconds Ahead
  • K key — Pause/Play
  • M key — Mute/Unmute
  • 0-9 keys — Jump Through Video

Note: On the mobile app, you can simply double tap left or right to go 10 seconds forward or backward.

3) Limit Your Data Usage

Previously, ProPakistani wrote an article on how much data does YouTube videos consume. For people who have limited mobile data, they can save themselves some money. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open YouTube app
  • Step 2: Go to Setting
  • Step 3: Open General
  • Step 4: Limit Mobile Data Usage
  • Step 5: Disable Autoplay

2) Keep Things Private

Some people are very cautious when it comes to privacy matters and for them, YouTube offers great relief.

If you don’t want other people to swoop through your liked videos, saved playlists and subscriptions then go to Settings and clear or pause your history.

Note: It works on mobile app and desktop both.

1) Simple Sharing

At times, people want to share specific moments of a video. Instead of sending the link and mentioning the timestamps separately, YouTube provides a much simpler and a cleaner option.

Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Pause the video at a specific time
  • Step 2: Click Share button
  • Step 3: Check the Start At box
  • Step 4: Share the URL

Zarar looks after Sports & Auto at ProPakistani.


  • Very informative article

  • Asad

    Android users can play video in background with mozila firefox mobile app.