Latest update to YouTube app lets you double-tap forwards or backwards by 10-seconds

Killing time by watching cat videos on YouTube is one of the most relaxing things to do in your spare time, or even when the boss isn’t watching, but fast-forwarding or skipping backward on the Android app involved a lot of guesswork. Either you went way too far forwards or back, or not enough, it was a veritable pain. Not anymore, though, because the YouTube app has received an update that lets users accurately move backward or forwards by 10 seconds by double-tapping on the display.

If you want to fast forward the video by 10-seconds, double-tap on the right-hand side of the screen, and if you want to go back 10-seconds, double-tap on the left side. It’s so easy and straightforward that it makes you wonder why it was missing in the first place. You aren’t confined to skipping forwards or backwards by merely 10-seconds; if you can tap on the display quick enough, you can move 100 seconds or more in the direction you want. I say 100-seconds, it’s the most I’ve been able to shift in one go, you may be capable of more if you have quicker fingers.

It’s a feature that has literally been years in the making, first seen in a YouTube app teardown back in 2015, and then various test groups. It’s finally an official feature on the Android app, according to the update notes on YouTube’s Play Store listing. It isn’t going to make the world a better place, but maybe, just maybe, it will help remove some frustration when using the YouTube app. If it isn’t present on your YouTube app just yet, make you sure you’ve updated it to the latest version (v12.03) via the Play Store.

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Via: AndroidPolice


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).


  • Eli Peters

    You can’t double tap adverts. I suspect that Youtube have attempted to plug a hole in advertising exposure by sending advertising through screen casting. This hole has now been plugged with this update – or I wish it had done a thorough job as now it has broken screen casting. We all should be angered by any kind of move toward advertising, especially video advertising which we the consumer pay for through internet subscription and consumption of our bandwidth.