PSA: the YouTube app lets you double-tap to rewind or fast forward videos

PSA: the YouTube app lets you double-tap to rewind or fast forward videos
Regardless of how much time you spend watching videos on your smartphone, interacting with the YouTube app is inevitable. So here's a friendly tip everyone should know – in the latest update, Google quietly implemented a double tap shortcut that that lets you fast-forward or rewind in 10 second increments.

In full-screen mode, double-tap the left side of the screen to go back 10 seconds, and do the same with the right side to fast-forward 10 seconds. It's a small, but convenient addition, so use it to your advantage. But be aware of small inconsistencies – users are complaining of interface slowdowns.

The new feature is rolling out to users on Android and iOS worldwide, though not everyone will get it at the same time. The iOS update will also deliver new lockscreen controls for casting playback.

We tried to take some screenshots and show you the feature in action, but the overlay disappears way too fast and we couldn't catch it. Maybe we will be able to, after years of training inside a temple in distant Asia. Better update YouTube and try it yourself.

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9 Comments

1. yapkl

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2017

Screenshot from a screen record?

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's what I thought too.

2. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

its annoying

3. airoid

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Wow, I've been using it since two weeks ago. PA just discovered it haha

5. matistight

Posts: 1029; Member since: May 13, 2009

"...though not everyone will get it at the same time." On another note, using YouTube+ for a couple months and this feature is the best part of it.

7. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Good addition, but would have preferred a swype left/right motion instead. More natural.

9. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yup Got it last week. Still hate how the seek bar is near to the comment section though. Everytime i wanna seek forward, i accidently press on a comment.

10. andhraking17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

i've been using this since a month. now phonearena is reporting it....

11. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I never knew!

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