YouTube is now our go-to media consumption platform on our PC or smartphone. Whether it is listening to music, watching a tutorial or a web series, YouTube has it all.
And although it is a really convenient to browse through content on, what if we told you that we have a bunch of cool tips to make the entire experience more easy and convenient? Here are seven cool tricks to make you fall more in love with YouTube.
Lyrics on YouTube
Like listening to music on YouTube but hate that you don’t get the lyrics for Eminem’s rap sometimes? Simply go and install the Musixmatch YouTube extension on your Google Chrome browser from the Chrome Web Store.
Once the extension is installed, you can enjoy lyrics in sync with the video- just like subtitles! This works with not only English but also numerous regional songs. Awesome, right?
Blocking Ads on YouTube
The only thing that annoys every YouTube user the most is the ads that keep on popping and killing the vibe. And while they can be skipped in a few seconds most of the time, those few seconds do feel like hours when they come in between a cool playlist.
There is a way to block these ads on Google Chrome using an AdBlocker. Download and install ‘AdBlock for YouTube’ extension from the Chrome web store. Once it is installed, it’ll automatically blocks all the advertisements and you’ll have a seamless playback!
Kids love YouTube, however, YouTube is filled with content inappropriate for them, and sometimes, even the age filter on the Google account doesn’t work. That’s where YouTube Kids comes into the picture. The app for YouTube Kids is available for free on Play Store and the App Store.
This app only shows content suitable for the kids with a kid-friendly user interface, so they can remain in a safe space. This includes animated cartoons, nursery rhymes, art and craft tutorials and much more to keep the kids hooked on.
Imagine you’re using YouTube while sitting on the bed and you’re too lazy to use the mouse to browse. Simply head to Youtube.com/tv and you’ll notice that the entire UI has become huge with bigger blocks that makes reading the content on the screen much easier. Moreover, you can browse through the menu using the arrows on the keyboard.
Keyboard Controls for YouTube
Also complimenting the YouTube TV mode, there are a bunch of keyboard shortcuts that can make your viewing experience less cumbersome.
• Toggle play/pause the video: K or Spacebar
• Go back 5 seconds: Left arrow
• Go back 10 seconds: J
• Go forward 5 seconds: Right arrow
• Go forward 10 seconds: L
• Restart video: 0 (not the keypad number)
• Go to Full-Screen mode: F
• Exit Full-Screen mode: Escape
• Go to beginning of video: Home
• Go to end of video: End
• Increase volume: Up arrow
• Decrease volume: Down arrow
• Mute/unmute video: M
• Turn captions on/off: C
Loop YouTube Videos
Got your head stuck on ‘Attention’ by Charlie Puth and you can’t stop listening to the groovy beats? Simply right click on the video and select the ‘Loop’ which will replay the song again and again on the same tab and not allow it to autoplay any other track. Now you can enjoy this earworm without any worries!
YouTube Dark Mode
While browsing through YouTube at night, the white and bright skin can be a real torture for the eyes. Keeping this in mind, the new YouTube update has brought the Dark Mode to the browser. Simply hit the profile icon on the top right corner, and enable the dark mode from the drop-down. This will turn the white areas into dark grey, making it soothing for the eyes.