YouTube Features You Probably Didn't Know About

  • 09-08-2022 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

Even though TikTok and Instagram are now gaining the user's attention with their reels, YouTube remains the top platform for viewing entertaining and informative content. Google is constantly improving YouTube's capabilities. We've prepared for you a list of 9 features that will take the use of this resource to a new level for you

1. A Break Reminder

We know how uncomfortable it is to watch an interesting show, but you have to control the time to fit in a lunch break, for example. YouTube allows users to focus as much as possible on watching content and leave the time counting to the application. Now you can set a reminder when it's time to take a break or go to bed.

To configure this function, you need to:

  1. Open the settings
  2. Select the "General" section.
  3. Turn on the "Remind you to take a nap" function and set the frequency of reminders. Also, turn on the "Remind me when it's bedtime" function and specify when you plan to go to bed.

2. Stop the Search History on YouTube

Search History is also designed to recommend videos to you based on past views. But sometimes, you share an account with friends or family and don't want everyone to see the content you've viewed. To activate this option, you must go to "history and privacy" and pause your search history.

3. Limited Mode

This feature is useful for parents who want to protect their children from unwanted content. Open Settings→General→Limited Mode. Remember but that this is not a 100% guarantee that all suspicious videos will be blocked. Also, this mode is not synchronized across all devices. If you use your account on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you must make manual settings on each device.

4.  Autoplay

YouTube opens the following video by default. But if you don't like this feature, you can disable it in the settings under "Auto Play".

5. Viewing Video Offline

Stocking up on movies or shows for the long trip? To pass the time without the Internet, you can download videos from YouTube. This option is available only if you have a Premium account.

To download YouTube videos, you need to:

  1. Find the video of interest.
  2. Under the title of the video, you'll see several icons. Among them will be the "Download" arrow.
  3. You can find the downloaded video in the Upload section of the sidebar. It will be available for 30 days.

Before downloading the video, make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi to save mobile traffic. In the app settings, you can enable downloading only from a Wi-Fi network, so you don't mistakenly use mobile Internet.

6. Transcript of the Video

You can use this function in many cases. For example, you need to record a quote verbatim. To avoid playing the video several times, you can open the text transcript. Sometimes it happens that the author does not set the time codes, but you want to watch a certain moment. The transcript will help you find it.

To enable the transcription of the video, you need to click on the 3 dots below it and enable the text version. After that, you will see the text content and the time when it is said in the video.

But remember that YouTube can't recognize every language in the world. Or, if the speaker swallows some words, YouTube may not recognize them.

​​7.  Share a specific moment in the video

The days of dropping a link to a video to your friends and saying "watch from 3 minutes" are a thing of the past. Now you can drop a link, and it will start playing from the moment you want to share. Click on the share button, and in the pop-up, set the time you want.

8. Keyboard Shortcuts

If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, hotkeys for quick interaction will be useful for you. You can see all the combinations of keys by clicking on your account icon.

9. Creating GIFs.

YouTube lets you create GIFs from any part of your video. You need to add a gif in front of the site name. You will be directed to gifs.com, where you can cut your video and apply the desired effects.

What are your favorite YouTube features? What features did you not know about before?