5 YouTube Hacks You Probably Don’t Know About

January 16, 2016

10:00 am

YouTube has become one of the most popular websites on the planet. Millions of people visit this video sharing website every day to watch videos related to almost every aspect of our lives. As the website continues to increase in popularity, it offers viewers more and more options and features. Many YouTube tricks and tips have emerged as YouTube has grown. But, I bet you didn't know these five simple YouTube hacks:

Turn YouTube Videos into MP3

A lot of people want to convert YouTube videos into MP3 format so that they can listen to the content of these videos. However, up until now this was a frustrating and awkward process. Older converters required you to download software or register for an account before you could convert from video to MP3 format. Now you can use YouTube to MP3 websites that simply let you input a YouTube video’s URL into an input box and hit a convert button. The video is converted to MP3 in seconds.

Convert YouTube Video to GIF

Many videos contain a lot of footage you don’t need so you may want to cut out a specific section of the video. Converting a YouTube video to GIF format gives you this option. Simply copy the URL of the video into the input box provided on the GIF converter web page. Then hit the ‘Create GIF’ button. A control panel including the video you selected appears. This control panel lets you select the sections of the video you want to convert and you can also add captions to your selection.

YouTube’s Slow Motion Feature

Sometime you may need to slow down a video to see exactly what’s happening in a particular video scene. The YouTube slow motion facility makes it possible to change the speed of video by entering the URL of the YouTube video and pressing the ‘Slow It’ button on the page. This displays the video on a screen with various speed controls, pause button and loop/repeat controls. You can also share the video on popular social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.

You can also slow down video by selecting the speed setting gear icon below a YouTube video. Once you select this you can choose what speed you want the video to play at.

Download a YouTube Video

As well as being able to upload to YouTube, it’s possible to download a YouTube video too. You simply go to a website like and enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to download. Just make sure that you do not blindly re-upload the videos. You can end up spamming on social media and have your account deleted.

Turn on YouTube’s TV Mode

YouTube videos are no longer just watched on laptops, tablets and mobile devices. They are also watched on larger TV screens by millions of viewers and this trend continues to increase. YouTube TV has been developed to improve YouTube viewing on these larger screens.

YouTube is one of the most successful websites ever because it taps into the power of video. Videos uploaded to YouTube can be used in various ways. The tips above give you the opportunity to do much more than just watch videos on the YouTube website.


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Author Bio: Boris Dzhingarov graduated University of National and World Economy with major marketing. He writes for several sites online such as Semrush, Tweakyourbiz and Boris is the founder of Tech Surprise and MonetaryLibrary.