How to increase or decrease the speed of videos on YouTube

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YouTubeImagine the following: You’re watching a math class full of complicated calculations on YouTube, or you’re just reviewing the best scene from that action movie you both enjoy. It can be a bit difficult to be able to pay attention to the details of videos like that without having to keep coming back all the time, right? Well, not now.

For these situations, there is a tool that allows you to change the playback speed of the video, provided by YouTube itself  – and the best thing is that you do not have to download an extension to change the playback speed. At first, this tool was only present in the web version of the platform.

However, in the last update, the feature was also available for YouTube applications, allowing you to watch videos with more speed or slower in the mobile version. This makes it much easier to watch a video faster or slower when you do not have a computer nearby. YouTube

The forward or rewind tool is available in both the Web version and the mobile version. Check how to use it:

Forward or rewind tool Youtube (PC)

  • Open Youtube.
  • Now, do a search and open any video of your preference.
  • When the video starts, you’ll see a gear icon, located at the bottom of the screen. Click on it.
  • A menu will be shown with some options. Click “Playback speed”.
  •  Choose the playback speed that will be used in the video.
  •  Ready!

By default, “Normal” is selected. If you select any option above this, you will realize that the video will play faster – the maximum being twice the common playback speed.

If you just want to read more, just click on any of the options below the “Normal” item. The rule is also valid here since the video can also only be reproduced with double the slowness.

Forward or rewind tool Youtube (Android)

  • In this case, you must have installed the Youtube app. Install it in the Play Store or App Store.
  • In the app, open some video of your preference.
  •  You will see that there are three dots located in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap on them to open a menu.
  • In it, select the item “Playback speed”.
  •  Now, just choose whether you’ll leave the video up to twice as fast or twice as slow.

In the mobile version, you will notice that the default selection is also kept in the “Normal” option. If you are an iOS user, you can rest easy, because the steps that we show here are also valid for Apple devices. However, you still need to have the Youtube app installed on your devices.

It’s worth remembering that speeding up or slowing a video’s playback can leave the audio distorted, with the sound quite different from what it was originally intended to be. Even so, the experience may still be interesting.

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