Google’s YouTube app has a handy scrubber for navigating a playing video clip. However, it makes it hard to fast forward or backward a longer video unless you sand down your finger first because the tiny control wasn’t designed for a very short jump.

Here’s a quick shortcut to help you skip forward or backward ten seconds in YouTube for iOS to catch something you missed, no need to interact with the scrubber at all.

How to skip forward and back 10 seconds in YouTube for iOS

1) Launch YouTube on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, find a video you’d like to watch and tap on it to start the playback.

2) Double-tap on the left side of the video player to rewind ten seconds. Double-tapping on the right side of the video player skips forward ten seconds.

Tip: To watch the clip in landscape mode, turn the device upside down (be sure that the Orientation Lock toggle in Control Center is disabled) or hit that fullscreen icon in the bottom right corner of the video.

These shortcuts work in landscape mode, too.

As evidenced on the screenshots above and below, you can easily rewind any clip ten seconds in landscape mode by double-tapping on the right side of the video player.

Likewise, double-tap on the right side of the video to jump forward ten seconds.

This feature requires YouTube for iOS version 12.04 or later.

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YouTube is a free download from App Store.

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  • Techsticles

    Everything should skip forward and instant replay but it really should be 30 seconds forward and 10 seconds back everywhere. Are you listening Apple, Hulu, HBO, Netflix? No one wants to skips 10 seconds forward.

    10 seconds back is to instant replay a scene. When skipping forward, you’re trying to get past an entire scene.

    • mickey

      I actually prefer 10 forward. But it should probably be a setting users could customize.

      • Techsticles

        I stand corrected. I typically want to skip past an intro or past some segment and 10 seconds at a time is just so slow.

        With 30 seconds forward and 10 seconds back, you can still always go forward 30 and then back 10 seconds of you go to far.

      • mickey

        I know what you’re saying. I skip intros as well. I like 10 forward for the content since 30 sometimes skips too much of it. But that’s just personal preference. At least it skips fairly fast so a couple taps in succession can get to 30 seconds.

      • Techsticles

        Trouble is these 1 minute 30 second intros like Game of a Thrones. With 30 seconds forward and 10 seconds back, you can always skip back if you overshoot but you don’t need 9 skips to go forward.

      • Cindy Wan

        On my ipad, 3 taps skip 20 seconds forward, 4 taps 30 seconds, etc.

  • Richard Fairbanks

    Doesn’t work on iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10.1.1, single finger double tap or two fingers single or double tap. Would be much appreciated if it did work!

    • MMA Rules

      I have the 7 plus and it does work


    Make video picture in picture on iPad!!!

    • Yered Martinez

      iOS needs the video to be embed or “html” like in order to be PIP’ed. I use Protube for this. The same guy that created the jailbreak app 🙂

      • CAIO MARIZ®

        me too

  • Digitalfeind

    Luca Todesco advises to not use this method.

  • snadge

    isheep shit

  • Bob Michael

    The rewind especially is a major pain. I’m always triggering it by accident. I wish you could turn it off.