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YouTube’s 5 most overlooked useful features

There’s far more to YouTube than merely uploading and watching videos. It has several clever and helpful little-known features that can make your viewing experience that much more fun and enjoyable.   

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Let’s get you started with these powerful tips. 

YouTube on the laptop
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1. Set an alert to take a break 

It’s easy to find yourself falling down a viewing rabbit hole while on YouTube because their algorithm has a way of tempting you to immediately start watching another video after you’ve finished or even while you’re watching your current video. However, there’s a little know YouTube feature to help you stop binging content. 

  • Open the YouTube app on your phone
  • Tap on your profile picture or icon – in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Open Settings
  • Tap General
YouTube break

YouTube break
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  • Turn on Remind me to take a break – by tapping or toggling right
  • Then the Reminder frequency window will pop up – you can set the hour and minutes you want and then tap OK in the bottom right of the pop-up window
YouTube break

YouTube break
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You can also set a reminder to stop watching videos when it’s bedtime by doing this: 

  • Tap or toggle right on Remind me when it’s bedtime 
  • Set your bedtime Start time and End Time in the pop-up window
  • Then tap OK in the bottom right
Set your YouTube bedtime

Set your YouTube bedtime
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2. Check your watch time 

There is also a way of seeing just how much time you are spending on YouTube, which can help you decide whether you might need to regulate your time a little bit more: 

  • Open the YouTube app on your phone
  • Tap on your profile picture or icon (make sure you are logged in)
  • Tap Time watched
  • The amount of time you have spent watching videos on YouTube will be shown in graph form for today and the last 7 days
Monitor your time watched on YouTube

Monitor your time watched on YouTube
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The time-watched section also gives you a shortcut for setting a break and bedtime reminders. Just be aware, Time Watched does not include any time spent watching videos on YouTube Music or YouTube TV.   

3. Create a link to start a YouTube video at a specific time 

  • There’s an excellent trick to link to a specific time in a YouTube video where it shows a particular segment of your video. This is super handy, especially if your video is long and the part you want to share comes several minutes after it starts playing. It’s easy to link to the exact part of any YouTube video by following these instructions.
  • Open YouTube in your web browser
  • Click on your video of choice
  • Click Share directly beneath the video to the right of the title

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YouTube google search

YouTube google search
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  • In the pop-up window that opens, click the box next to Start at
  • Enter the time when you want the video to start
Clip your YouTube

Clip your YouTube
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To save yourself a step or two, you can also pause the video where you want to start, and the time code will be auto-filled. 

Clipping YouTube links

Clipping YouTube links
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4. Pause your search and watch history 

  • If you are logged into YouTube, it will use your watch and search history to select its recommended videos on your home page. As a result, if a friend or family member watches videos under your account, you might find your homepage filled with videos you have zero interest in watching. However, there is a way of pausing your search history and, at least temporarily, cleaning your home page of these videos.
  • Open the YouTube app on your phone
  • Tap on your profile picture or icon
  • Open Settings
  • Tap History and Privacy
  • Turn on Pause watch history and Pause search history by tapping or toggling right on both
YouTube autoplay

YouTube autoplay
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This is also helpful in case you might want to hide your search and viewing history from friends or family members. Another option is to turn on Incognito mode, which will fill your home screen with random videos. 

  • Open the YouTube app on your phone
  • Tap on your profile picture or icon
  • Tap Turn on Incognito
Watching YouTube videos

Watching YouTube videos
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One thing to keep in mind about Incognito mode is that all videos will contain ads, even if you’re a premium subscriber. 

5. Disable Autoplay 

One more thing that can make it hard to stop watching videos on YouTube is the fact that another video will automatically start shortly after you’ve finished watching one. This is because, for viewers 18 and over, Autoplay is enabled by default. However, this can be easily changed. 

  • Open the YouTube app on your phone
  • Tap on your profile picture or icon
  • Open Settings
  • Tap Autoplay
  • Switch Autoplay off by tapping or toggling right on Mobile phone/tablet
YouTube break

YouTube break
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Unfortunately, this only disables Autoplay when watching YouTube on a smartphone or tablet. 

YouTube features 

YouTube features 
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YouTube is a great way to discover and learn new things. By following these five steps, you can rest assured that enjoying it will be safe and harmless, not a habit you need to kick. 

Which one of these features has been most helpful to you? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

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