Last updated: October 21, 2017
Watch the Video: How to speed up YouTube videos
Regardless of whether you are impatient, or need to exercise a not-so-keen attention to detail, speed up YouTube videos to suit your requirements. We traditionally like to keep our own YouTube video tutorials down to about two minutes in length. Lop off the intros and outros, and the message can get across in more like a minute and a half. For some, that’s still a bit long. If you are one who really doesn’t want to suffer through the entirety of a video tutorial at regular speed, you can.
The option exists to speed up YouTube videos so you can watch them at up to twice the normal speed. The variable-speed playback feature arrived courtesy of YouTube’s switch from Flash to HTML5 video format. It alleviates the need to continuously pause-n-play, or to practice heart bypass surgery with positioning of the progress indicator.
Configure Playback Speed
To configure the playback speed of a YouTube video, click the Settings icon in the video’s toolbar. The Settings menu will display in an overlay window. In the overlay window, click Speed to configure a new playback speed. The default speed is set to Normal, which displays on the same line (or the selected speed displays, if changed).
A new overlay windows will display containing the Speed options. To increase the playback speed of the video, choose 1.25 to play the video one and a quarter times faster than normal, 1.5 to play it at one and a half times faster, and 2 to play the video at — you guessed it — double speed.
Just as the option exists to speed up YouTube videos, you can bring them down a notch too. To play a video at half its normal speed, click 0.5 in the Speed menu. Click 0.25 to play the video at a quarter of its normal speed. Keep in mind that you are not just increasing and decreasing the speed of the video with the Speed settings. The speed of the audio (if any) is also adjusted. Also worth noting is this feature is not currently supported by YouTube’s mobile apps.
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