Video previews

Video previews let you see a 3-second preview of a video before watching.

When you hover over a video's thumbnail on your computer, or scroll past a video on mobile search, you’ll see a 3-second preview. After the video preview plays, you’ll see the video's thumbnail.

You will only see video previews if you have inline player turned off.

Add video previews to your uploaded videos

Viewers can watch video previews on the Home, Subscriptions, and Trending tabs. They can also see them on watch pages and in search results. Previews are only available on select computer browsers (Chrome versions 32 and up and Opera version 19 and up).

Video previews are available for most videos that are longer than 30 seconds. If the viewer has the inline player turned off, video previews are automatically turned on for eligible videos. They may not be added to all videos that are longer than 30 seconds.

We use several criteria, including video topic and content, to figure out what videos can have previews. If you don't see a preview for a video within 2 days, the video isn't currently eligible.

Use video previews

You don't need to do anything to get video previews. Our system automatically selects a clip from the first half of the video to show.

Even if a video has a video preview, you should still customize your video thumbnails. Thumbnails are seen when the video preview isn't active.

Turn off previews with sound on your Smart TV

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select Previews with sound and select Off.

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