The 5 Most Overlooked Useful YouTube Features

There is much more to YouTube than just uploading and watching videos. It has many unknown smart and useful features that can make your viewing experience more interesting and enjoyable.

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1. Set an alarm to take a break

It’s easy to find yourself falling down a rabbit hole while watching on YouTube because the algorithm has a way of tempting you to immediately start watching another video after you’re done or even while you’re watching the current one. However, there are a few well-known YouTube features to help you stop annoying content.

  • open the YouTube app on your phone
  • tap on Your profile picture Or icon – in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Opens settings
  • Faucet Public
YouTube break

YouTube break
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  • His job Remind me to take a break – By clicking or switching to the right
  • then reminder frequency A window will appear – you can set the hour and minutes you want and then click yes in the lower right of the pop-up window
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YouTube break
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You can also set a reminder to stop watching videos when it’s time for bed by doing this:

  • Click or switch instantly Remind me when it’s time to sleep
  • Set your bedtime start time And end time in the popup window
  • Then press yes at bottom right
Set your sleep time on YouTube

Set your sleep time on YouTube
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2. Check your watch time

There’s also a way to see how much time you spend on YouTube, which can help you decide if you might need to organize your time a bit more:

  • open the YouTube app on your phone
  • tap on Your profile picture or icon (make sure you are logged in)
  • Faucet watch time
  • The amount of time you have spent watching YouTube videos will be shown as a graph for the day and the last 7 days
Monitor your watch time on YouTube

Monitor your watch time on YouTube
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The time monitoring section also gives you a shortcut to set reminders for break and bedtime. Just be aware, watch time does not include any time you spend watching videos on YouTube Music or YouTube TV.

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

  • There is an excellent trick to link to a specific time in a YouTube video where it shows a specific clip of your video. This is very useful, especially if your video is long and the part you want to share comes several minutes after you start playing it. It’s easy to link to the exact part of any YouTube video by following these instructions.
  • Opens Youtube in your web browser
  • Click your Favorite video
  • click Share Directly below the video to the right of the title

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Youtube google search
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  • In the popup that opens, click the box next to start at
  • Enter the time When you want the video to start
Your YouTube clip

Your YouTube clip
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To save yourself a step or two, you can also pause the video where you want it to start, and the time code will be filled in automatically.

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cut youtube links
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4. Pause your search and watch history

  • If you are logged into YouTube, it will use your viewing and search history to select recommended videos on your homepage. As a result, if a friend or family member watches the videos under your account, you may find your homepage filled with videos that you have no interest in watching. However, there is a way to pause your search history and at least temporarily clean your homepage of these videos.
  • open the YouTube app on your phone
  • tap on Your profile picture or code
  • Opens settings
  • Faucet History and privacy
  • His job Pause your watch history And Pause search historyBy clicking or toggling directly on both
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This is also useful in case you want to hide your search and viewing history from friends or family members. Another option is 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 code
  • Faucet Turn on incognito mode
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Watch 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 are a premium subscriber.

5. Disable Autoplay

Another thing that can make it hard to stop watching YouTube videos is the fact that another video will start automatically shortly after you finish watching it. This is because, for viewers 18 and over, autoplay is enabled by default. However, this can easily be changed.

  • open the YouTube app on your phone
  • Click on a file personal pictureor code
  • Opens settings
  • Faucet auto start
  • Turn off autoplay by tapping or toggle directlyMobile phone / tablet
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YouTube break
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Unfortunately, this only disables autoplay when watching YouTube on a smartphone or tablet.

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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, and not a habit you have to break.

Which of these features were most useful to you? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

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