The 10 best tips and tricks from YouTube

According to Alexa, YouTube is the third most visited page on the Internet, which means that you have probably visited the site in the past. These tips and tricks help make your experience more enjoyable and, if possible, productive.

YouTube keyboard shortcuts

YouTube has several keyboard shortcuts that can be used when you watch YouTube. Keyboard shortcuts such as pressing the space bar to play and pause, or using the arrow keys to fast-forward and rewind can make a big difference on YouTube.

Share a video anytime

If you do not want to watch a full video, or if you want to share an exact location that you found the most fun, go to the desired location and pause the video. Once paused, right-click the video and select Copy video URL from this sequence.

You can also manually add the time by adding “t = XXmXXs” at the end of the URL, where XXm is minutes and XXs is seconds in the video you want to start. For example:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxmnEWhjYgo

would become

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxmnEWhjYgot=25

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Find out what’s popular on YouTube

YouTube can be a great place to find the most popular videos because of its popularity. Visit the popular on YouTube to find the latest popular videos, recently released music videos, best cute videos, the latest trailers, events and much more.

Add videos to watch later

Sometimes you may not have the time to watch a video or you may not want to watch an hour-long video at the moment. In the lower right corner of each video is a Watch Later button that will add the video to your subsequent viewing list. Once you’re ready to watch the video, or if you’ve saved a video to share it with someone else, you can find the video in your playlist to watch later.

Take advantage of search filters

YouTube generally does a great job of giving you search results, but it’s not always perfect. Take full advantage of their search filters by clicking the Filters button to get a list like the one shown below. In the filters list, you can refine searches when the video has been downloaded, the video duration, the number of views, and features such as HD (High Definition) and 3D.

Watch live videos on YouTube

YouTube not only offers pre-recorded videos but now also offers YouTube Live, including live events, sports, news, games, music, education and more.

Take full advantage of YouTube tools

Few people know that YouTube also has several useful YouTube tools that can be extremely useful when creating new content. For example, the YouTube Editor allows you to edit uploaded videos, create videos, and adjust settings such as brightness and contrast, pan and zoom, stabilization, slow motion, and rotation. Other tools include a slide show creator, a YouTube capture, subtitles, an audio library, and YouTube analytics.

Bypass regional restrictions and other blocks

Some videos may have restrictions that prevent them from playing on a certain device, playing in a certain region or other restrictions that prevent you from playing the video. You can work around some of these restrictions by changing the way the URL is entered in your address bar.

For example, copy the ID of the video (shown in red) into the URL.

www.youtube.com/watch/?v= d2X4oN3DwCA

Once the id of the video is copied, delete everything after the .com / and add ”  v / <id>  ” where id is what was copied earlier. Once done, your URL should look like the example below.

www.youtube.com/v/d2X4oN3DwCA

Loading this URL opens the video in full screen, but due to the way it is loaded, many restrictions that YouTube may have on the video are ignored.

Set the default video quality

Watch all the videos with the highest quality by adjusting your settings to use the best quality. To adjust your settings, click the YouTube gear icon and then click Quality, as shown in the image.

Select Auto. If your Internet connection is slow or YouTube videos need to be buffered frequently, select the 480p or 360p option.

Other ways to watch YouTube

There are dozens of ways to watch YouTube today. Most smart TVs already have an app that allows you to watch YouTube videos on your TV using your remote. For those who do not have Smart TV or who have a Smart TV but do not like the interface (it’s not easy to tap a remote), there are also other solutions.

Our current favourite method of watching YouTube on TV is Google Chromecast. Chromecast allows you or anyone else with a smartphone or computer to stream YouTube videos to your TV with the click of a button.

Chromecast is the easiest way to stream videos to your TV, and you can tap your phone or computer or use your voice to search for videos instead of using your TV’s remote.

Other popular alternatives to watch YouTube

  • Apple TV – Apple TV is another great way to watch YouTube and other content.
  • Consoles – Consoles like Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Wii all have a YouTube player.
  • Lean Back – YouTube Lean Back is a completely different way to watch YouTube videos and lets you browse and watch videos on other devices.
  • Roku – The Roku is another great device that connects to your TV to watch YouTube and other content.
  • TiVo – The TiVo DVR is another fantastic way to watch YouTube, your shows and other content.

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