14 YouTube Hacks and Secrets That Will Blow Your Mind Off

Published by Mayank Puri on

YouTube is a platform used by millions of people on a daily basis. In terms of the number of users, it has 2 Billion monthly active users, which is only behind Facebook. Another astounding fact about YouTube, it is the second-largest search engine in the world. Only tech giant Google, Who is also the parent company of YouTube, has more searches. In this blog, we are going to demonstrate some Youtube Hacks and secrets that both the viewers and creators can leverage to get the most out of this video platform.

YouTube Hacks and Secrets

Here, viewers will get to know tricks like bypassing the age restriction without signing in. Not only this, for YouTube Creators we have shared loopholes in Youtube algorithms that can guarantee them success. There are tons of hidden features that you should definitely know about. So, read out this blog thoroughly and exploit the full potential of Youtube.

1: Get Rid off all the annoying pre-video Ads

One thing for sure, no one likes those irritating 15 to 30 secs ads which come before the start of every YouTube video. What if we tell you that we have found a way to avoid these repetitive ads. A chrome extension called “Adblock for YouTube” is capable of stripping away these ads. This plugin can be worthy when you wanna go through your music playlist without any interference. Do you know, 93% of most viewed videos on YouTube are music videos and we are sure, you must have liked one of them.

Adblock for YouTube

2: Watch Age Restricted YouTube Videos without Sign in

Some of the YouTube videos are marked as age-restricted because they include explicit content. In order to watch such videos, users are required to sign in with a legitimate email ID. Instead, you can skip over all these steps and access the content with just one simple trick. For this, you need to modify the YouTube video URL.

Let’s understand with an example;

Suppose the URL is: youtube.com/watch?v=EsBDhFV8KrI

You need to remove “Watch?” and replace “=” with “/” in the YouTube URL.

After modification: youtube.com/v/EsBDhFV8KrI

And that’s it, enjoy the explicit content without even signing in with a YouTube account.

3: Watch a video in an infinite loop

The loop feature on YouTube is something that everyone is asking for since the launch of the platform. But still, we have not got it and it is frustrating. Especially for the music lovers who sometimes get stuck on one particular song. But don’t worry, we have found a way around this obstacle as well.

The trick is to add “repeater” after youtube in the URL.

Before: youtube.com/watch?v=EsBDhFV8KrI (ADD LINK)

After: youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=EsBDhFV8KrI (ADD LINK)

In addition to this, you can also create a loop of a video with different starting and ending points.

4: Share Youtube videos that start on a preset time

While sharing videos like fail compilations, now you don’t need to tell someone to skip until the ‘best part’ comes. With Youtube hacks, you can share the video with a predetermined time stamp on it. Let’s see how to do this.

In the first method, you need to add “&t=XmYYs” at the end of the URL of the video. Here, ‘X’ denotes the minutes and ‘Y’ denotes the seconds you want to skip. Suppose, you want to skip 90 seconds then add &t=1m30s.

Afterward, the URL will look like this: youtube.com/watch?v=EsBDhFV8KrI&t=1m30s

You can also share the video at the predefined time by right-clicking on the video and selecting the “Copy video at URL at the current time” option. But if this function does not work then you can use the manual method anytime.

5: Create a Collage of up to 8 YouTube videos

Put your creative mind to work and create a masterpiece of YouTube videos. There is a platform called Youtube Multiplier that allows you to create a collage of 2 to 8 videos on a single screen. Choose from a different set of templates based on the number of videos. You just need to directly add the videos URL and choose the starting time of each video.

6: Become a gif creator

This is one of the best YouTube Hacks and many people like this. The reason being, creating an attractive GIF from a video is pretty simple and straightforward yet fun. We are going to demonstrate how to create a gif only using YouTube URL.

gif creator

You just only need to add “GIF” at the beginning of the URL.

Before: youtube.com/watch?v=-5Vv3HIf0A8

After: gifyoutube.com/watch?v=-5Vv3HIf0A8

It will redirect to you another page, where you can personalize GIF accordingly. There are tons of features like the Ping Pong effect, you can flip and invert the entire video, add boundaries, etc. You should check it out once, we are sure that you’ll find it amusing.

7: Download High-Quality YouTube videos directly from “URL”

This is one of the easiest ways of downloading a YouTube video. You don’t need to install any third-party software or application for this. Simply, just do some modifications to the URL and that’s it.

The only thing you need to do is add ‘SS’ before youtube at the beginning of the URL. Understand with an example.

Before: youtube.com/watch?v=-5Vv3HIf0A8

After: ssyoutube.com/watch?v=-5Vv3HIf0A8

After that, you’ll be redirected to a page from where you can download the video in different qualities like 360p, 720p, and 1080p.

8: Access the Written Transcripts of videos on YouTube

Transcripts are the written form of video’s audio and YouTube has its own automatic speech recognition technology, which can roughly convert audio into text. By default, video transcripts are accessible to everyone, but some YouTube creators choose to hide them from viewers. One of these YouTube hacks can come in handy if you need a free transcript of your video.

Transcripts of videos on YouTube

To see the transcript of videos, click on the ‘More’ option beneath the title, and then select the ‘Transcript’ option. After that, you’ll be able to see the transcript with timestamps on it. Usually, the texts in the transcript are slightly different from the audio because not many users hone or correct their auto-generated transcripts.

9: Improve Youtube SEO by adding Closed Captions (CC) in videos

Closed Caption is one of the major ranking factors in the YouTube Algorithm. Therefore, you must have seen that top YouTube channels always add CC or subtitles in almost every video.

Closed Captions

There are three ways through which a creator can add CC (Closed Captions) to their videos. To upload the subtitles, open the video, and then click on the “CC” icon underneath the play button. After that, you need to choose from the three options mentioned below.

i) Upload pre-written transcripts or CC with timestamps.

ii) Write the entire transcript without mentioning the time. YouTube will automatically assign time to each line.

iii) Type subtitles yourself while watching the video.

10: Share your playlists and Collaborate with other creators

You could be familiar with the feature of creating playlists on YouTube, but do you know? There is another way to use these playlists. As a YouTube creator, you can easily share a playlist with fellow creators so that they can also add their videos to it.

playlists and Collaborate

In order to share, go to the playlist page and then select the playlist that you want to share. Afterward, open the playlist settings and go to the “Collaborate” section. Here, allow the collaborators to add videos and then share the link with your friends. You can deactivate the link anytime you want.

11: Ever heard of Custom YouTube URLs? Learn how to claim it.

Unlike complex URLs, which are ugly looking and hard to remember, you can create a custom YouTube URL for your channel. You may include the name of the channel, username, a display name, or whatever you find suitable. But make sure to choose the correct one because one approved by YouTube, you can’t change it later.

The eligibility criteria for having a custom URL are:

i) At least 100 Subscribers

ii) A channel art and channel icon

iii) Your channel should be at least 30 days old

To claim your custom YouTube channel URL, go to the YouTube account settings. And, under your name, click on the “Advanced” option.

Then, if you’re eligible then you can claim it from here.

12: Amazing Keyboard Shortcuts for YouTube that can save time

Besides the spacebar keyboard shortcut, below we have listed numerous YouTube Keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to hover around the platform without much mouse clicks. This is one of the most useful and practical YouTube hacks you’ll ever come across. 

Spacebar or K: For play/pause the video from the player

M: For Mute/Unmute the video

Left/Right arrows keys: For skipping 5 seconds back and forth in videos.

J: For skipping 10 seconds forward in a video

L: For skipping 10 seconds backward in a video

<: For decreasing the playback speed of the video by x0.25

>: For increasing the playback speed of the video by x0.25

Home: For restarting the video

End: For ending the video

Up/Down arrow keys: For increasing and decreasing the volume the by 5%

0 to 9 Number keys: For skipping to the different parts of the video.

F: Toggle between Full-screen mode and normal mode.

T: Toggle between Theater mode and normal mode. 

C: For closed Caption. (Only if available).

I: For opening the mini YouTube player at the right bottom corner of the screen.

13: Download the thumbnail of a YouTube video

There is an easy way to download the cool thumbnails of videos without compromising the quality of images. Generally, people take screenshots of a thumbnail in order to use it, which downgrades the quality of that thumbnail. Instead, you can use this method to save a thumbnail.

Download the YouTube thumbnail

First, you need to copy the video ID from the URL. It is 11 characters long ID at the bottom of the URL. As we have shown in the example mentioned below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNzDYVvypYs

Then, paste this video ID in cited space in this link: img.youtube.com/vi/[VideoID]/maxresdefault.jpg

Open a new tab in your browser and paste the newly formed link in the URL bar. From there, you can save a high-quality thumbnail image.

14: Rank higher on YouTube Trendings section by leveraging the Google Trends Data

Google Trends provides users with search interests and popularity of keywords around the globe. On the breakdown of the YouTube Algorithm, we can clearly see the ranking factors of videos. It includes average watch time, likes & dislikes, click-through rate (CTR), etc. You can easily see all these inputs using YouTube Analytics.

In Google Trends, you can filter the searches based on different categories like arts, business, automobile, etc. YouTube Creators of different niche can exploit this data to create content on high-level topics for attracting more viewers.

Creators can also analyze the seasonal patterns of particular keywords for more than the past 15 years. In this way, it will become easier for YouTubers to create a strategy and schedule their content creation according to the topic’s popularity.

Closing Words

We hope you found all these YouTube Hacks effective and practical in your daily usage. Now, it’s time to head on to YouTube and check out some of these tricks by yourself. YouTube is quite a huge platform with an enormous amount of content, so better start exploring right now.

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