Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Watch Youtube Videos Faster (2x speed)

If you are an avid watcher of lectures, teachings, and debates, then you know how time-consuming it is to watch them. At least when you listen to audio you can speed it up in your iPod or audio player. Maybe you avoid watching videos (especially on Youtube) because they just take too long to watch compared to listening to the same amount of content at a faster speed.

Well, here’s a tip: you can watch Youtube videos at faster speeds. 1.5x speed and 2x speed! Yes, that means you can watch a 2-hour debate in 1 hour.

According to wikipedia, a comfortable rate of speech for an audiobook is 150-160 words per minute. However, many people can listen with full comprehension at 300 words per minute. So unless you have trouble processing material you may not be very familiar with, you may want to save yourself some time and listen at 1.5x or 2x with some material.

So here’s how to watch youtube videos at a faster speed. Go to Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the link that says “Join the HTML5 trial.” Once you have clicked that link, all videos you play in Youtube will not play with flash, but will play with HTML5. That will enable a speed setting on the video player control bar. Just click it to select your listening speed. Now you don’t have to waste so much time on Youtube.

Why not try it out on the DrCraigVideos channel!



  1. Davitor September 28, 2011

    Or you can have contemplative prayer and gather 100x more information.
    But thanks for the tip Brian.

  2. elohimito September 28, 2011

    Awesome! Thanks!!

  3. Brian Auten September 28, 2011

    No probs. This was a real life-saver tip for me. I despised finding good content on youtube before because to check it out was such a time-eater. Now it's way better.

  4. Anonymous April 30, 2012

    It won't let me change speed, it shows that I clicked it by having a dot next to it, but it won't change speed…any tips?

  5. Brian Auten April 30, 2012

    I have noticed that some videos it does not give the option to play fast, for whatever reason. I think it's still kind of "beta".

  6. H.G. July 14, 2012

    Only some videos have that option

  7. Anonymous July 29, 2012

    sometimes the videos are played off from an Autoplay list, in that case, the 1.5x or 2.0x speed doesn't show up, you can remove the autoplay part from the URL and play with x.x speed, just an observation, but yes, many videos even without autoplay list option don't have the x.x speed option!

  8. Anonymous September 19, 2012

    If you wanted to speed up video and audio playback on your iPhone and iPad, even directly from websites like YouTube, you should try Swift Player.

  9. Anonymous October 5, 2012

    Thankyou this is wonderful!! (Los Angeles, Ca)

  10. gurmeet singh October 16, 2012

    no it does not work

  11. Vamsi Krishna October 24, 2012

    will it work on pc

  12. Vamsi Krishna October 24, 2012

    it doesnot work but it buffers moretime

  13. Anonymous November 12, 2012

    Thank you very much!

  14. Anonymous November 22, 2012

    For some reason it doesn't seem to be working when I'm in a playlist.

  15. Anonymous January 28, 2013

    1.5x or 2.0x speed is very useful but not all the videos have this option… I think this is available only for newer videos. Is there another way to watch older videos at 2.0x speed ?

  16. Hugo Rivera H. January 29, 2013

    Thanks a LOT IT WORKS!!

  17. Anonymous February 21, 2013

    Thank you man,This is the best tip I've heard for years.

  18. Anonymous May 19, 2013

    Thanks kindly!

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  20. Anonymous June 11, 2013

    It's maddening when videos lack the increased speed setting, and that appears to be most videos. Also, not even sure the speed settings work in firefox. Might be worth it to try the player linked above. "Swift Player" …Anyone have good luck with it?

  21. Brian Auten June 11, 2013

    Swift Player is GREAT.

  22. Yash Dave July 28, 2013

    Thanks man! You saved my many hours!

  23. Anonymous August 7, 2013

    It doesn't come up for me

  24. Anonymous November 7, 2013

    Excellent post! Thank you for the timesaver!

  25. The Android Doctorr May 1, 2014

    Now I can prove WLC wrong in half the time!

  26. Mike Bost June 23, 2014

    I use Firefox browser and had to download an add-on in addition to enabling HTML5 as described above. So far, I have been able to play ALL videos at a faster rate. Here's a link for the add-on:

  27. Samuel Welch August 6, 2014

    I don't see the link.

  28. Joseph Ferrante May 22, 2015

    You dont have to go thru all that just click the settings gear and choose a speed it does the same thing I tried it.

  29. Joseph Ferrante May 22, 2015

    There is no such link to click.

  30. Unknown April 13, 2017

    How do you play videos slower than 0.25X speed?