If you’re familiar with YouTube Shorts, you know that it resides as an independent tab within the YouTube app, and you can just scroll through an unlimited feed of short videos by swiping up on the screen.
However, YouTube Shorts can be up to a minute long, and when you’re looking for a quick hit of dopamine, waiting 60 seconds for the climax at the end could seem a bit too much. And unlike regular YouTube videos, you can’t scrub, seek or skip to the end of the video.
Fortunately, you’re not entirely out of luck. And there are a few workarounds that allow you to fast forward or rewind a YouTube Short just as any other YouTube video. In this article, we’ll explore how to do so.
Control Playback of YouTube Shorts video on iPhone, Android device
Follow the steps below to enable playback controls (fast forward, rewind, seek) in YouTube Shorts videos:
- Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android device, and go to the Shorts tab from the bottom of the screen.
- Start watching the short clip that you want to fast forward.
- While the Short is still playing, tap on the Library tab from the bottom-right corner.
- In the Library screen, you should see the recent short video that you watched, under the Recents section. Tap on the same to start playing.
The same Shorts video will start playing, but this time in the regular YouTube UI with all the playback controls. Thus, you can double-tap the right side of the video to fast forward by 10 seconds. Alternatively, you can scrub the video using the progress bar to seek through any part of the video.
Note: You can also open a YouTube Short video in a web browser on your smartphone. To fast forward a YouTube Short from the mobile browser, just replace the URL https://youtube.com/shorts/[Video ID] with https://youtube.com/watch?v=/[Video ID]. The video will now open in the regular YouTube mobile web interface.
Thus, you can fast forward, rewind, or scrub through a YouTube Short video just like a regular YouTube video.