No matter what, the YouTube app is definitely one of the most used apps on our Android smartphones. Whether you use it for watching videos from your favorite YouTubers, watching Web series, or learning from the content available through various YouTube channels. It takes care of everything.
But do you know, that there are some hidden features, that you can enable to get more out of your YouTube experience? Don’t worry, I help you in exploring all those hidden features of the YouTube app that you can enable to get more out of your YouTube experience.
Hidden Features of YouTube App on Android:
1. INCOGNITO MODE:
I am sure that you might be familiar with this term if you visit shady websites on your browser regularly. This mode is also known as Privacy mode. It allows users to browse any website without saving any data locally so that it can’t be retrieved after the browsing session is over. Similarly in the YouTube app, you can enable Incognito Mode, if you want to watch videos without leaving a trace on your device. But do remember that your ISP can still see your activities.
How to enable Incognito Mode?
Enabling Incognito mode is very simple. Open YouTube App, then tap on the Profile Picture Circle on the right corner of the app & from there choose ‘Incognito Mode‘. You’ll now see the ‘You’re Incognito‘ banner at the bottom of the app. If you want to close this incognito session, simply tap on the Profile Picture Icon (which will now be showing Incognito Icon) & in the next menu, tap on “Turn off Incognito“.
2. DARK MODE:
The dark mode is a mode inside the YouTube app, which is recently released for the Android app. As the name suggests, these options enable a ‘Darker Theme‘, over the default white theme. Dark color themes help in minimizing eye strain during longer video watching session.
How to enable Dark Mode?
Open the Youtube app, then tap on the Profile Picture circle on the top right corner of the app & from there, choose “Settings” & then tap on “General” settings. There you’ll see an option to enable ‘Dark Mode‘, simply turn it on to enjoy dark mode inside the YouTube app.
3. TIME WATCHED:
This is a new feature on Youtube, which allows you to check your app usage stats. It includes stats based on your watch time on various YouTube product. (Excluding Youtube Music)
How to check your Time Watched Stats?
Open YouTube App, then tap on the Profile Picture Circle on the right corner of the app & from there choose ‘Time Watched‘. In the next window, you will see all your stats & a bunch of options related to it.
4. STATS FOR NERDS:
As the name suggests, this feature is for nerds, those who love looking at the stats about the video. Stats for Nerds displays information such as Bandwidth & Audio/Video bitrate. All the information is shown as an overlay, as shown in the screenshot below.
How to enable Stats for Nerds?
Open the Youtube app, then tap on the Profile Picture circle on the top right corner of the app & from there, choose “Settings” & then tap on “General” settings. Inside ‘General Settings‘, toggle on the ‘Enable stats for nerds‘ option. Now play any video of your choice & tap on the 3 dot menu on the top right corner of the video screen. Inside the next menu tap on ‘Stats for nerds‘ to view stats for the video you are playing.
5. AUTOPLAY ON HOME
Autoplay on the home will autoplay youtube videos on the home feed of your Youtube app, but without sound. However, it will show captions instead. This feature is enabled by default but if it’s disabled on your device, then you can follow the instructions below.
How to enable Autoplay on Home?
Open the Youtube app, then tap on the Profile Picture circle on the top right corner of the app & from there, choose “Settings” & then tap on “Autoplay” settings. Inside ‘Autoplay‘, tap on “Autoplay on Home” & tap on ‘Always On‘ to enable this feature.
Final Words: Hidden features of Youtube App on Android!
These are some features inside the YouTube app that might come in handy & will definitely provide a better Youtube experience. Some features might not be available on the older version of the YouTube App, hence update your app from Play Store. We will add more features to this article as soon as they are out.
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