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11 Best YouTube Tips and Tricks for 2016

YouTube is undoubtedly the best video sharing website where all of us spend a lot of time watching various videos be it movie clips, funny video clips, movie trailers or any other types of videos.

We can even create our channel on YouTube, and upload videos. We do have a separate channel with the name of Techtricksworld that you can view here.

I know you already enjoy watching videos on YouTube. But, did you ever think that you can make your YouTube experience even more enjoyable?

Probably not!

In this blog post, I am going to share a long list of YouTube tips and tricks that you can try and enjoy.

So, without any further delay, let’s have a look at the 11 best YouTube tips and tricks that I have collected exclusively for you.

1. Extract a .gif file from any Video

People enjoy watching animated .gif files which are usually small clips either created using some software or just a trimmed part of some videos. When you see many people sharing so many gif images on their social profiles, you might have thought how people create such moving images so easily.

Let me tell you that it isn’t a big task to extract a gif file from videos. You just need to go to YouTube.com, open a video and look at the URL.

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You need to add gif just before youtube.com.

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Now, hit enter and it will take you to gifs.com and the same video will be opened there automatically. Now, you need to set the start and end time to cut out that portion of the video.

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There are various tools available to customize your gif that you can see on the left in screenshot above.

I have created a gif using this trick that you can watch below:

Note: You can download the gif images after creating there, and use anywhere. I have used here embedding because gif images are usually big in size and uploading above image here may slow down this post loading speed. So, I didn’t upload rather used embed code to show the example.

2. Bypass age and regional restriction without logging in

There are times when you browse YouTube without logging in, and you may find some videos that are age or region restricted. To remove such restrictions, you need to log in. Once you log in, you get the access to that age-restricted or region-restricted video.

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However, there is a trick that bypasses these restrictions without even logging in, and to do that you have to do editing in the video URL.

Take an example of a video URL which looks as:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZyAB2KFDls [Though this video is not restricted; I have taken it just to elaborate. You can try this trick on age-restricted videos yourself.]

All you need to do is to, remove “watch?” and replace “=” with “/”, and hit enter. You will see that the restricted video starts playing.

So, the new URL will be:


Mind it that when you try this trick, the video will only play full screen on your browser like you can see below.

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Isn’t the trick is cool?

3. Download YouTube videos effortlessly

YouTube generally doesn’t allow users to download videos. However, users found out many ways to download. But, there is an easy trick to do this. Adding just two letters in the URL will allow downloading the video.

All, you need to do is to add ss just before YouTube.com. Let’s understand with the example below:

Normal Video URL => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZyAB2KFDls

After adding ss => http://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=jZyAB2KFDls

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Once you added the ss in the URL, hit enter which will take you to a third party site as you can see in the screenshot below:

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Now, just click on download and video will be downloaded.

This is indeed the best trick to download YouTube videos. However, you can get Torch browser which gives you download option for any video you open in that.

4. Make YouTube Keyboard Driven

Do you want to use YouTube by using your keyboard only?

It might be tough, right? Because YouTube’s UI doesn’t seem to be Keyboard friendly.

However, there is a trick that will transform the YouTube’s UI Keyboard driven that you can easily use by Keyboard.

All you have to do is to add /leanback to the YouTube link, just like this:

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Note: Alternatively you can just write /tv as well to get the same result.

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Now you can press arrow buttons on the keyboard to use YouTube, and you will find it very easy. As you will press left arrow there, you will see a menu on the left to select categories and other stuff. You can use respective arrow keys to move through videos.

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I loved this YouTube trick because I am a huge fan of working with the Keyboard.

5. Embed Video with Customized Start and End time

Sometimes you may want to show only a few minutes clip from the whole video to your readers due to the relevancy of the content. There might be other reasons as well. But, you would be happy to know that you can actually do it in just easy steps.

First thing, you have to do is to copy the embed link from the video.

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Now copy and paste the embed code in notepad, and add start and end time like you can see in the edited code below:

Original code:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZyAB2KFDls” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Edited code:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZyAB2KFDls?start=144&end=170” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

You just need to add these=> ?start=144&end=170

Numbers represent seconds, so you can set the time accordingly.

Now, once you embed the video on your blog or website with the edited code shown above, it will play only that part of the video:

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6. Embed Videos with a specific Size

Though embed video takes up the size according to the screen, you may want to embed videos with some specific size.

There is an option there that allows you select the size as per the requirement.

It’s easy!

Click on Share just below the video where you will see the embed code.

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Just below the embed code, there is “Show More”. Click on it, and you will be able to view the advanced options.

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Select the size from the list as shown in the above screenshot, and you will see that the dimension gets added in the embed code. Now, you can copy the embed code to use. You can also use Custom Size that allows you enter your own dimension for video.

7. Make your YouTube page Colorful

Just type Doge Meme in the YouTube search bar, and you will see everything turns colorful. Font also gets changed to Comic Sans.

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After Typing Doge Meme hit Enter. You will see this:

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8. Do the Harlem Shake

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Type Do the Harlem Shake in the YouTube search bar and hit Enter. It will start playing the song Harlem Shake. The YouTube logo will start shaking as well.  Just next to the logo, you can see a button to stop the song.

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And the whole page starts dancing as per the beats.

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9. Use the force, Luke

Type Use the Force, Luke in the YouTube search bar, and the page will start shifting here and there. The buttons and everything will start moving.

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You can see the page is displaced from its original position. Just try yourself and enjoy.

10. Disable Related Videos

When you complete watching a video, you see related videos there which are good but sometimes there may be some videos shown as related are not what you want to see or show to your readers. Or, simply you don’t want to keep the related video stuff when you embed a video on your blog.

There is a very simple trick that disables related videos from your embed. Just get the embed code from the video.

Original code:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZyAB2KFDls” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Now, just add ?rel=0 at the end of the URL in the embed code.

Edited code:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/jZyAB2KFDls?rel=0 ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Point to be noted this trick didn’t work when I tried adding it at the end of the normal video links. But, it worked like a charm when I used with embed links. So, it is a great trick for bloggers who don’t want to show related videos.

Also Read: 10 Best Skype Tips and Tricks for 2016

11. Stats for Nerds

Stats for Nerds is an option that displays the rundown stats of the video such as volume, dimension, connection speed, etc.

You just need to right click on any playing video on YouTube.

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And, it will show the details as:

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Wrapping Up

These are the 11 Best YouTube Tips and Tricks I have collected and listed here for you. I am sure you will now enjoy more on YouTube by using these tricks.

There are many more tricks out there but I cannot list all here, so I would like you to share your favorite YouTube Tricks in the comment section.

Thanks for reading the post!

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