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10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know

Although YouTube remains the premier video site on the web. But whether you're a casual user or a daily online video viewer, there are many ways to transform YouTube. The main category of these are custom YouTube URLs. Let's take a look at some YouTube URL tricks to help you get more out of the service.


1. Link To Any Video Section

This YouTube URL trick is usually used when you copy a link to a YouTube video, it starts from scratch. If you want to show someone a little video or skip a long intro, you can add a timestamp to the URL to start it at that time. You can do this in several ways.

By manually adding &t=YmXX to the end of the video URL, you will set it to start Y minutes and XX seconds into the video. You can also omit minutes, or just use seconds, like 90 an hour and a half. So this video:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

Shareable 90 seconds in using this URL:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw&t=1m30s

If you don't want to use the manual method, pause the video when you want to share it, then right click and select Copy video URL at current time.


2. Unlimited Video Loop

YouTube is a great place to listen to music. If you like a song and want to listen to it over and over again, you can add a repeater after youtube in the URL. This will open a video on YouTubeRepeater.com which plays the video for you. You just change this URL:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

Here's to repeat it:

youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

You can change the playback using the options below the video if you want to start or end at various points. To do this without changing the URL, just right-click any YouTube video and turn on Loop on.


3. Bypass Age Restrictions

YouTube has an age limit for certain videos marked as containing adult content. If you don't have a YouTube account or feel like logging in to watch it, you can do a little trick to bypass the login process. Take the YouTube URL for a restricted video like this:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

Just add gen in front of youtube as shown here:

genyoutube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

The video will open on a new page that has no age limit.


4. Skip a Specific Number of Intros

Similar to the trick that lets you choose a start time, you can also choose to skip a certain number of seconds at the beginning of the video. You can't specify minutes with this one, so use 90 (seconds) for a minute and a half. So, to get past the first 30 seconds of this video:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

Add &start=30 at the end of the URL and get this:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw&start=30

It's similar to timing but a bit faster to type and doesn't require you to remember specific timestamps.


5. Claim Custom YouTube Channel URL

If you have your own YouTube channel and meet certain requirements, you can set a vanity URL for your page. So it's worth doing for easier connecting. To get a custom URL, your channel must meet the following criteria:

  * Have at least 1000 subscribers

  * At least 30 days old

  * Have uploaded profile photo and channel art

If you meet this, go to YouTube's Advanced settings page by clicking on the gear on the top right, select Settings, and click on Advanced Settings on the left. Here, under Channel settings, you will see the text You're eligible for a custom URL if that's the case. Click the link next to this and proceed through the steps to create a custom URL and confirm the terms of use.

Once your custom URL is set up, anyone can head to youtube.com/[YourCustomURL] to visit your channel. Note that you can only have one custom URL at a time. You cannot change it, but you are allowed to delete your current URL and create a new one, if available.


6. Watch YouTube TV

YouTube TV is an interface designed for smart TVs and apps on consoles. It's still YouTube, but with less clutter and some easier shortcuts for the remote. You may not want to make this your primary YouTube interface, but you do need to check out a cleaner look. Just visit this URL to try it out:

youtube.com/tv


7. Go to Your Subscriptions

Even if you try, a lot of the advice YouTube offers is useless. Whether your recommendations are filled with weird content or a homepage with videos you don't care about, you can set up a better YouTube landing page. When you are logged in, try changing your YouTube bookmarks from the main site to your subscriptions page using this URL:

youtube.com/feed/subscriptions

It lets you see the latest videos from the channels you're subscribed to, so you don't miss their new content. That way, you control what you see rather than YouTube deciding for you.


8. Get Thumbnails of Any Video

It's common when Google searches for images to see images from YouTube videos, usually titled maxresdefault. You can actually view high-quality thumbnails for any YouTube video (if any) by visiting the following URL:

i.ytimg.com//vi/[VideoID]/maxresdefault.jpg

Replace [VideoID] with the text after v = at the end of the YouTube video. So to see the thumbnail for this video:

youtube.com/watch?v=bjNmzb3bGCY

Visit this link:

i.ytimg.com//vi/bjNmzb3bGCY/maxresdefault.jpg


9. Create GIF From Video

Found a YouTube video that has a GIF-worthy moment? You can easily create an animated GIF from any part of the video by adding the gif before the YouTube link. So to edit this video into a GIF:

youtube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

Change the URL to this:

gifyoutube.com/watch?v=YIdQMU15ZHw

You will be taken to gifs.com, where you can add various effects and crop the GIF to your liking. Once done, share the GIF to social networks with an easy link or you can download it. Note that very long videos will not work with this service.


10. Destroy YouTube Videos

This one is not a real URL hack, as you can't visit it directly from YouTube. However, it still uses the YouTube URL, so we include it. Visit YouTubeDoubler and you can add two YouTube URLs to mix together.

You can choose to start any video at any given time to help them sync. Whether you're looking at how two songs sound when playing at the same time or want to add funny background music to a clip, have a look and see what you can come up with!


Summary

So those are 10 YouTube URL tricks that you should know. This trick will let you get more experience from YouTube. Some are built on YouTube itself, while others rely on outside services. It's possible that all of this may stop working in the future, so your mileage may vary over time.

Hopefully, this article about 10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know, gives you a little insight. Also, read an article about 100% disk usage in Windows 10 Task Manager that you may need to know. Thank you.

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