How To Enable The Dark Theme On YouTube

YouTube has a dark theme that it hasn't made public knowledge. It's likely YouTube is showing it to select visitors just now but it's live on the site. The dark theme will only be visible to you if you sign into YouTube and you turn it On. To check if it's already available, click your profile icon at the top right and check if there is a dark mode option. If not, you're going to have to make a small edit in your browser's console to enable the dark theme on YouTube. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Add Bookmarks To A YouTube Video [Chrome]

We all know how bookmarks work in a web browser. We also know that bookmarks are extremely useful so what's stopping us from extending the feature to a video? YouTube is the largest online video repository in the world. It features content that is both entertaining and educational. The YouTube player is surprisingly simple; you can get a link to a specific time in a video but you can't bookmark a position in it. At best, YouTube can remember where you left off when you were watching a video and resume playback. Youtube Bookmarker is a Chrome extension that lets you add bookmarks to a YouTube video. All bookrmarks can be accessed when you visit the video. The extension maintains a list of all video you've added a bookmark to. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Loop YouTube Videos And Playlists On The Chromecast

Google owns YouTube which means YouTube has the best Chromecast support you can imagine. No other video streaming service, or its app, comes close. That said, Google has odd restrictions for casting YouTube videos to the Chromecast. You can cast a single video or an entire playlist. You can even create a queue of videos to cast to the Chromecast. What you can't do is loop Youtube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. When a video ends, or a playlist ends, the Chromecast will not play it again from the start. There is no setting on YouTube that you can tinker with to loop YouTube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. The good news is there is a work around. It has one limitation; it only works from your desktop. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Always Open YouTube Videos In Theater Mode

YouTube introduced theater mode a few years ago. Theater mode pushes the suggested videos below the video player. The video player itself sits on a nice black background. It is without a doubt, the better viewing experience. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't remember which viewing mode you prefer. Regardless if you're signed in or signed out, YouTube will always default to the regular viewing mode. You have to click the theater mode button on the video player every single time. YouTube doesn't have a work around for this but, there are add-ons and extensions that make it so you always open YouTube videos in theater mode.Read More

How To Create A Quick YouTube Playlist In Chrome

You can create playlists on YouTube but some conditions apply. For one, you have to sign into YouTube. If you don't sign into YouTube, the playlist feature will not be available. When you're creating a playlist, you have to add the videos one by one. For each video you want to add, you have to open it and click the 'Add To' option under the video's description. That is three clicks per video for the playlist you want to create. The good news is, if you use Chrome, you can create a quick YouTube playlist using TubeLister. It's a Chrome extension that will add all open YouTube videos to a new playlist. Here's how it works.Read More

How To View Suggested Videos In Full Screen Mode On YouTube

When you play a video on YouTube, you get suggestions for other videos to watch. This is how you end up going down the rabbit hole; you watch one suggested video after the other. Before you know it, it's 4pm. The YouTube app for iOS and Android lists the suggested videos below the video player. This is when you have the video open in the standard viewing mode. If you go to full screen mode, the suggested videos disappear, or so they used to. An update to the app now lets you view suggested videos in full screen mode on YouTube. Here's how.Read More

How To Play YouTube In The Background In iOS

YouTube, as a rule, doesn't let you play videos in the background. If you exit the app and/or lock your screen, it stops playing and there isn't anything you can do about it. If you've jailbroken your device then there is probably a Cydia tweak that lets you play YouTube in the background. The alternative for users who do not jailbreak is to use third-party apps that let you play YouTube in the background. The thing is, all this is unnecessary. If you're willing to inconvenience yourself with a third-party app, you can just use Safari, Chrome, or Firefox and YouTube's mobile interface to the same effect.Read More

Automatically Pause And Resume YouTube When You Switch Tabs [Firefox]

YouTube has a neat feature where, when you open a video it doesn't start to play until you switch to the tab. When you open a YouTube tab in the background; the video will start and continue to buffer. However, until you switch to the tab it won't actually play. YouTube auto Pause and Resume is a Firefox add-on that improves on this feature. It can automatically pause and resume YouTube video when you switch to a different tab. When you switch back to the YouTube tab, the video begins to play. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Control YouTube Chromecast Playback From Control Center In iOS

Using a Chromecast from an Android device is a vastly superior experience compared to using the Chromecast from an iOS device. Chromecast integration is built in throughout Android and almost all Google apps support it. The same cannot be said about Google apps for iOS. iOS doesn't prioritize the Chromecast like Google does. Even if it allowed some leeway, iOS is still a very restrictive OS. Bit by bit though, Google is improving Chromecast support for its iOS app. A recent update now lets you control YouTube Chromecast playback from the Control Center in iOS.Read More

Block YouTube Suggestions When Browsing Without Signing In

You don't have to sign into your Google account to browse YouTube. The benefits of signing in are that you get to see content curated for your particular interests. YouTube will suggest content for you to watch based on the channels you've subscribed to and the kinds of videos you watch outside of the subscribed ones. The thing is, even if you're not signed into YouTube, the videos you watch and search for eventually start to influence the suggested content. This is because YouTube, through cookies, keeps track of what you're watching. Your search and viewed history remains blank but the suggested content is tailored nevertheless. Here's how to block it.Read More

Watch An Age Restricted YouTube Video Without Signing In By Modifying The URL

YouTube's content guidelines prevent users from uploading content others would normally need to watch in an incognito window. That doesn't mean the content on the site is suitable for everyone. YouTube has a special Kids app that lets parents control what their kids can watch on YouTube. YouTube also places age restrictions on viewing certain types of videos. These are mostly videos with a lot of violence or nudity. Strong language doesn't fall under this category; you can watch all of Grade A Under A's videos without having to prove you're at least 18 years old. If you click on a video that asks you to sign in to watch it, you don't really need to sign in. There's a pretty neat trick you can pull with the URL of an age restricted YouTube video to by-pass the age restriction. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Fast Forward & Rewind A YouTube Video By Ten Seconds [Android]

YouTube has long had a forward and back button for jumping to the next or previous video in playlist. The forward button works outside playlists as well and allows you to play the next suggested video. As far as jumping forward or back within the same video goes, you can only use the seek bar to do so on iOS. On Android, YouTube has received an update that allows users to fast forward or rewind a video by exactly ten seconds. The feature is activated by double tapping the left edge of a video to go back, and the right edge to jump ahead. Read More

YouTube Indicates Partially Watched Videos & Resumes Playback Where You Left Off

The YouTube web interface and mobile apps have been updated with a resume watching feature. When you watch a YouTube video but don't finish watching it all the way to the end, YouTube remembers where you left off. It then indicates on the video's thumbnail how much of the video you've watched. When you click on it, the video resumes from the exact place you left it off. Here's what the feature looks like in action.Read More

How To Tell If A YouTube Video Has Closed Captioning From Its Thumbnail

YouTube lets you upload subtitles for your video. On YouTube, subtitles are referred to as closed captioning. Every video you visit has a little 'cc' button next to the quality selection gear button. It's there regardless if the uploader has added subtitles. It's because YouTube tries to provide subtitles. It's an understatement to say that YouTube's subtitles aren't accurate. The good thing is, YouTube lets you know if a video has subtitles provided by the uploader or not, right from the thumbnail. You just have to know what to look for.Read More

How To Listen To Podcasts And Watch YouTube Videos In VLC

VLC player is the go-to media player for just about everything for three reasons; it's awesome, it supports almost every media format there is, and it's open source. VLC player has richest set of features for video playback. Default media players on both macOS and Windows do not come close. It is only as of Windows 10 that support for subtitles has improved in the Videos app though there are no options for adjusting them during playback. VLC does more than just play your movies for you. It can also play podcasts and YouTube videos. The trick is to know how since it doesn't have a menu label to that effect.Read More

How To Embed The Audio From A YouTube Video

Embedding a YouTube video is pretty easy. The share options at the bottom of a video give you the HTML code you need to embed the video on your website. YouTube has quite a few share options but all of them are for sharing the video. This makes sense given YouTube is after all a video hosting website. That said, a lot of content on YouTube is plain audio. Many videos are all audio with unrelated images to fill in for the 'video' part of it. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't let you share or embed just the audio of a video. You have to include the video as well. If you're willing to look past the official share and embed options provided by YouTube, there's a simple way to embed just the audio of a video. The solution comes from Amit Agarwal in the form of a bit of code you can modify. It relies on the YouTube Javascript API that he has made available on Github. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Save A Video Offline In The YouTube App

The YouTube app has a feature that lets you save videos offline. It allows you to download video content when you're connected to a WiFi network and watch the videos when a connection is not available. The videos can only be saved to and viewed from inside the official YouTube app. This feature is available on both iOS and Android. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Embed A YouTube Video With The Volume Muted

A vast majority of videos on Facebook are watched with the volume muted. As you scroll through your timeline, whether it's from your desktop or the smartphone app, videos play automatically but the volume doesn't play unless you tap and open the video. There's no harm in this at all and it keeps you from bothering other people as you watch the fiftieth cat video in your timeline. If you would like to embed a YouTube video with the sound turned off by default then you can use a little script written by Amit Agarwal of Labnol that lets you do just that. The videos auto-play but the sound is muted. Users who visit your website and view the video will have to manually turn the volume up. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Watch VR Or 360 Degree YouTube Videos On Your Phone

360 degree videos have been quite popular on both YouTube and Facebook. The first 360 video I found on YouTube was on the Team Coco channel featuring the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Unfortunately I found it on my desktop and watching it wasn't much fun. This was about a year ago when Google Cardboard had already debuted. Since then, 360 degree videos and VR content has been added to YouTube but it's only a recent update that's allowed both iOS and Android users to watch one on their phones. Android of course had the ability to watch these videos long before iOS did but a recent update to the YouTube app for iOS has made the feature available for both major smartphone devices. You will need Google Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch the videos.Read More

How To Turn Autoplay On/Off In The YouTube Mobile Apps

Early in 2015, YouTube added a new autoplay that would automatically play the next suggested video when the one you were watching ended. The feature is somewhat similar to the play next feature on Hulu in that it gives you a brief window to stop the autoplay. The good thing is that the feature can be turned Off easily on the web. At the time, it hadn't been rolled out to YouTube's mobile apps but that's no longer the case after a recent update. YouTube has added autoplay to both its Android and iOS apps. Here's how to use it and turn it Off if you find it annoying.Read More