Video options on YouTube

Watch videos in full screen, change the video quality and turn captions on or off. You can also learn how to watch videos while browsing on the YouTube mobile app.

Mobile app

You can change your viewing options from the video player on your screen.

Full screen

  • Rotate your device horizontally.
  • Or tap Full screen .

Change video quality

  1. In the video player, tap More .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Select video quality.

Enable captions

Not all videos have closed captioning.

  1. In the video player, tap More .
  2. Tap CC .

Take a look at some more caption options.


On devices with aspect ratios greater than 16:9, you can zoom in to videos to make the video expand to the full screen.

  1. Go to the video that you'd like to zoom.
  2. With two fingers, pinch out on the video screen.

Note: Devices with aspect ratios greater than 16:9 are taller in relation to the width than the standard phone. 16:9, commonly known as widescreen, is the most common aspect ratio for mobile devices, TVs and computer monitors, and is the international standard format for HDTV.

Fast-forward or rewind

  • Double-tap the left-hand side of the video screen to rewind.
  • Double-tap the right-hand side of the screen to fast-forward.

Watch videos while browsing

The minimise feature lets you browse suggestions, playlists and more without pausing or stopping a video. You can also pause and play the video while it's minimised.
Minimise the player: While a video is playing, swipe down.
Maximise the player: Swipe upwards on the minimised video to maximise it again
Dismiss the player: Swipe down or tap X if you no longer want to view the minimised video.

Mobile web

To change the video quality:

  1. Tap the Menu at the top-right of the video.
  2. Select Playback Settings.
  3. Choose your playback quality.
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