How To Watch YouTube Videos At Double Speed

Here’s how to watch that hour long Hangout interview video at up to two times the speed of the normal YouTube play rate

Watching YouTube video at double speed (click for full size)

Screenshot of watching YouTube videos at double speed

Fun tip of the day: To watch YouTube videos faster or slower, activate the HTML5 mode ( ) and then use the settings “cog” below the video.

You can try this out now on the video below

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NOTE: If you want to embed the player, you will have to use the iFrame code, not the old object flash embed code, since again, this is an HTML 5 tool, not a flash tool.

Thanks to John Mueller of Google Switzerland for this awesome tip.


Videos with ads do not support double speed, since they are still in flash.

Below are the notes from the Google Experiment.

Supported Browsers

We support browsers that support both the video tag in HTML5 and either the h.264 video codec or the WebM format (with VP8 codec). These include:

  • Firefox 4
  • Google Chrome (WebM)Opera 10.6+
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8 with Google Chrome Frame installed (Get Google Chrome Frame)


Fullscreen support is partially implemented. Pressing the fullscreen button will expand the player to fill your browser. If your browser supports a fullscreen option, you can then use that to truly fill the screen

If you want to find videos with WebM formats available, you can use the Advanced Search options to look for them (or just add &webm=1 to any search URL)

Additional Restrictions

Videos with ads are not supported (they will play in the Flash player)

On Firefox and Opera, only videos with WebM transcodes will play in HTML5

If you’ve opted in to other testtube experiments, you may not get the HTML5 player (Feather is supported, though)

Be sure to let your own viewers that they can watch your videos at a much faster frame rate to save them time and get more views.

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