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9 Amazing Hidden YouTube Features

Did you know that you could download 500 songs at once on YouTube, playback a video starting at a specific point or time and turn on captions and subtitles? Well, if you don’t then surely you’re missing a lot. So, here we’re going to talk about 9 amazing hidden YouTube features.

Download up to 500 Songs

YouTube Music is launching a new feature soon called “smart downloads” where you can download up to 500 songs to listen to offline. (If you have YouTube Music Premium, you may already have access.)

YouTube chooses the songs based on the type of music you typically listen to. You’ll have control over how many songs YouTube downloads. The music will download at night, over your Wi-Fi connection.


Playback a Video from a Specific Time

You’re watching a 55-minute-long video and discover a funny part, so you send the video to all of your friends and tell them to fast-forward to 17 minutes and 25 seconds. But, did you know you can just send them the link from that time point? 

All you have to do is add &t=17m25s to the end of the URL (change the numbers to the time stamp you want to share) and your friends can start watching from the right spot.

You can also pause what you’re watching and hit Share (located below the video) > Start at and copy the link to send to your friends and family.

Make a GIF from a Video

Making GIF from a YouTube video is not only really interesting rather very easy. Simply, follow these steps:

Step – 1. Type “GIF” before “YouTube” in the URL of the video you’re watching.

Say, this is the video of Aarisha Javid at IBA Sukkur University Sindh Pakistan, which has the URL Add GIF to the URL like this — — and It’ll change to this format: z0jYNUcufGE

Step – 2. This redirects you to, where you can select the start and end times of the clip from your chosen video that you want to turn into a GIF. 

Step – 3. Click the green check mark located on the lefthand side of the screen to watch it play. You can choose various editing options, like cropping, flipping and adding stickers.  

Step – 4. Select Create GIF, then choose who can see it and add a title and tags.

Step – 5. Click Next and copy the link to the GIF to share on social media. You can also download the GIF.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Move Forward and Backward

Skip ahead in a video by using the arrow and letter keys on your keyboard — on any device.

You can go forward or backwards in a video on your desktop (you can also use J and L keys to rewind or fast-forward 10 seconds).

Or if you’re using your phone, double-tap the screen to move forward or backwards.

Swipe left or right on your phone to move on to the next video.

To see the full list of keyboard shortcuts on your desktop, click on the three stacked dots in the top right corner and select Keyboard shortcuts.

Watch Movies on YouTube TV mode

When you’re watching a movie or video on YouTube, YouTube TV mode gives you a larger viewing screen without going into full-screen mode. It’s especially helpful if you’re watching YouTube videos on your smart TV. 

Go to and enter your Google login information. You’ll have to verify your account information with an onscreen code.

The quality of the video you select should automatically be in HD for the best viewing experience.

Turn on Captions of Your Preferred Language

If you’re in a library or at work and you don’t have headphones, or if you’re having trouble understanding what people are saying, you can turn on the captions in a video. All you have to do is click the CC icon.

Also, if the speaker is using a different language you aren’t familiar with, you can use the built-in Google Translate. Tap the settings icon that looks like a gear, select Subtitles > Auto-translate and choose your preferred language. 

Picture-in-Picture Mode

You may want to send a text message while playing a YouTube video and that’s where the picture-in-picture option comes in.

Picture-in-picture shrinks the video you’re watching into a smaller square that you can move around on your screen. Unfortunately, this is only available for YouTube Premium members on Android mobile devices. 

To turn this feature on, go to your Android settings > Apps & notifications > AdvancedSpecial access > Picture-in-picture, select YouTube and toggle the switch on.

Use a dark mode

At night time, a bright white screen can be tough on your eyes. Fortunately, YouTube offers Dark Theme to make the light on your screen less harsh.

In the YouTube app, go to your settings and slide the toggle switch over. On your computer, click on the three stacked dots in the top right corner, select Dark theme and click on the toggle switch.

Save a Video for Offline Viewing

You can save a video for offline viewing on your phone’s YouTube app if you’re a YouTube Premium member. Simply tap Download and select the display quality. The video will be located in the Library tab when you’re ready to watch.

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Naeem Javid

Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani is working as Deputy Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu ( Forestrypedia (, All Pak Notifications (, Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

One thought on “9 Amazing Hidden YouTube Features

  • So, which one in most interesting feature for you? Let’s us know if you’ve some other amazing feature ??


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