If you haven’t checked in with the YouTube app for Android or iOS lately, now is a good time to a renew your acquaintance. Among other things, the YouTube app has added such eye-popping features as support for immersive VR videos, a private viewing mode, an easier skip-ahead command, and even the ability to save videos for offline viewing (provided you’re willing to shell out some cash).

Double-tap to skip forward or back

Even the most scintillating YouTube videos (and yes, there are some) have their dull patches. Luckily, there’s a handy gesture that’ll let you skip the lulls and jump directly to the good stuff.

Double-tap to skip forward or back Ben Patterson / IDG

Double-tap the left or right side of the YouTube playback screen to jump back or forward 10 seconds.

Just double-tap the right side of the playback screen to skip ahead ten seconds, or double-tap the left side of the screen to go back 10 seconds.

To change the length of the skip on the Android version of YouTube, tap the three-dot button in the top corner of the main YouTube interface, tap Settings > General > Double tap to seek, then pick a setting—anything from five seconds to sixty.

On iOS, tap the profile button in the top corner of the main YouTube interface, tap Settings > Double tap to seek, then choose a setting.

Pause your search or watch history

As you search for and watch videos in the mobile YouTube app, you’ll see the Home feed and Up Next sections fill up with clips based on your searches and playback history—handy for those who want to sit back and watch a customized grab bag of videos, but also pretty revealing for anyone who happens to glance at your YouTube feed.

Pause your search or watch history Ben Patterson / IDG

Want to watch YouTube without Google watching you? Just pause your search and watch history in the Settings menu.

If you want to watch some YouTube videos without feeling like someone’s looking over your shoulder, try a couple of settings that’ll let you browse in privacy.

On Android, tap the three-dot button in the top corner of the main YouTube interface, then tap Settings > History & privacy. For iOS, tap the profile button in the top corner of the main interface, then tap Settings.





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