How to fast forward or rewind YouTube Shorts

Learn how to fast-forward or rewind shorts on YouTube.

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 could seem a bit too much. And unlike regular YouTube videos, you can’t scrub, seek or skip to the end of the video.

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How to fast forward or rewind YouTube Shorts

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 and Android

Follow the steps below to be able to seek or scrub back or forth through YouTube Shorts videos:

  1. Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android device (coming later in 2022), and go to the Shorts tab from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Start watching the short clip that you want to fast forward.
  3. While the Short is still playing, tap on the Remix button or the three dots from the bottom-right corner.
  4. Tap on Cut this video. This opens up a video editor where you can trim the selected clip.
  5. Use the seek bar at the bottom to scroll through the video and watch the preferred section.
  6. When done, tap the ‘X’ from the top-left corner to close the editor.

Thus, you can fast forward or rewind a YouTube Short video.

Note: Video sampling (Cut this video option in Remix) is coming to Android later in 2022.

Not all videos have the “Cut the video” option enabled. In such cases, you can still seek through a YouTube Short video by opening it in a web browser (Safari or Chrome). All you need to do is to replace the URL “https://youtube.com/shorts/[Video ID]” with “https://youtube.com/watch/[Video ID]” in the address bar. When the page opens, the video will play with the progress bar visible.

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Alternative Method – Works for older versions of the YouTube app

If you’re using a previous version of the YouTube app, you can use the below method to seek back and forth on a YouTube video:

  1. Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android device, and go to the Shorts tab from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Start watching the short clip that you want to fast forward.
  3. While the Short is still playing, tap on the Library tab from the bottom-right corner.
  4. 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.

Thus, you can fast forward, rewind, or scrub through a YouTube Short video just like a regular YouTube video.

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