Google's recent round of updates to its YouTube app for mobile devices has brought a bunch of useful features.
Ah, YouTube – where would we be without our daily dose of cat videos and sports mishaps captured on camera and uploaded for all to see.
We’re just kidding, of course – over the years, YouTube has really grown into a place where many content creators are making informative and highly entertaining videos on almost any topic, available to watch for free.
Since most of us access YouTube via the mobile app, we’ve gathered a number of tips and tricks that the most recent round of updates have brought to the video hosting and streaming service.
How does it work? When playing a video, you can now double tap on either the left or right side of the video to jump forward or backwards by 10 seconds – double tap on the left side to jump backwards and double tap on the right side of the video to jump forwards, of course.
It’s really one of the features we’ve found quite useful since the usual scrubbing method by dragging the playback icon along the video timeline has always been very difficult for short jumps.
You know how some content creators put thumbnails at the end of their videos which you can click on to have you jump to a video featured in the thumbnail?
Well, for the longest time, clickable thumbnails only worked if you were accessing YouTube using your web browser, but a couple of updates ago, Google finally managed to get it to work on the mobile app.
So next time you see a clickable thumbnail appear at the end of a YouTube video, try tapping on it to jump right to that video.
Live stream yourself
With so many live streaming apps around like Facebook Live or Periscope, it was only a matter of time before Google integrated live streaming right into the YouTube app.
That time is now – with the most recent update, you can just tap on the little video icon in the app and start streaming the feed live on the Internet.
There is a caveat, however – live streaming is only allowed if you are a content creator with at least 10,000 subscribers.
Google promises that the subscriber limit will be lifted soon and the live streaming feature will be rolled out to everyone at some point.
Download and watch videos offline
Another feature that was rolled out a while back that’s worth mentioning again is downloading and viewing YouTube videos.
Offline downloading and watching allows you to download most (but not all) YouTube videos, say, on your fast home network, and then watch it later to save eating into your data quota when you’re on the go.
It’s also great when you’re in places without any Internet connection – when completely without any Internet connection, you are allowed to watch the video for up to 48 hours, after which the app will have to go online to validate the video again for you to continue watching it.Read More...
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