YouTube Adds Skipping Forward and Backward With a Double Tap


YouTube has released an update to its mobile app that will likely make a lot of users very happy: You can now skip 10 seconds forward or backward in a video by double tapping the right or left edge of your phone’s screen.

Perfect for those quick replays or just skipping a boring portion of the video, the feature is in many cases vastly better than fiddling with the video’s slider on the bottom, especially when you’re in a hurry.

The feature also lets you skip 20 or 30 seconds — Android Authority says these are invoked with a triple or quadruple tap, but I could only get it with a quadruple and quintuple tap, both of which are incredibly hard to get right. Hopefully Google’s YouTube dev team will conjure a better way for those longer skips; for now, It better to stick to the good old double tap which is the only one that works well.

A similar feature a 5-second skip is also available on the browser version of YouTube; just hit the left or right arrow while the video is playing.

The feature actually went live for a portion of users late last week, but it appears to be widely available now. It’s available for both iOS and Android.

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