Google’s YouTube app provides many obvious shortcuts and not-so-obvious ones that are hidden from plain sight. For example, you can stop “Up Next” videos from autoplaying or skip forward and back ten seconds to catch something you missed by double-tapping on either side of the video player.

In today’s brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to browse other clips in YouTube’s fullscreen mode without interrupting the currently playing video.

How to browse videos in fullscreen mode on YouTube for iOS

1) Make sure that a copy of the YouTube app on your device has a version number 12.06.11 or later. You can see the app’s version number by tapping your profile icon, then choose Settings from the list.

The current version number can be found next to Version at the bottom of the screen.

2) Tap on any video to begin playback, then enter fullscreen mode by hitting the icon in the lower-right corner of the video player. Alternatively, turn the device upside down to enter fullscreen mode (if that doesn’t work, toggle Orientation Lock in Control Center).

3) Simply swipe up in fullscreen mode to pull up thumbnails of recommended videos from the channel you’re currently watching and other channels you’re subscribed to.

You can scroll the thumbnails horizontally while the current clip is playing, swipe down to hide the carousel or tap outside to make both it and other controls go away.

And that’s it, you now know how to browse other videos in YouTube’s fullscreen mode.

Unfortunately, the most useful YouTube features like background play and offline support are available only to those who would subscribe to YouTube Red, a $10 a month value.

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    I want Picture in Picture on iPad!!!

    • Arnold

      Sadly they will never allow PIP…


        On macOS they did it

      • thunderqus

        On desktop OS handles it regardless of Google doing anything, on iPad Google needs to support it, I hate Apple, they could have just forced all apps to support it but they didnt.

      • Arnold

        Well, now i think about it, and your right, maybe (hopefully) they will… I mixed up PIP with playback support…

    • Vander Tramp

      Open an app. Open safari from the side (spilt screen) but leave it so that it occupies 1/4 of screen with iPhone like interface. Go to mobile youtube and enter fullscreen for a video. The option for pic in pic will be there.

      Where theres a will, theres a way!

    • Guy

      Main reason I jailbreak

  • Artem Salikov

    Can anyone explain me how can i change the playback speed in YouTube app on iphone?

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    This could be done before too…

  • lulzimgashi


  • Diego Milano

    Well, regardless of this, I like the playback gestures they introduced recently with double tapping on different sides of the screen to either go back or go forward. 🙂 I never thought something like that would come in handy.