Search YouTube like a pro with these 5 hidden tricks


YouTube provides a platform for anyone to upload content and share it with the world. The video sharing platform has grown into a streaming service, search engine and social media platform alongside the most prominent sites of its type.

Whether you’re browsing or creating content, YouTube has some features that you may not be aware of. From shortcuts to short videos to dark mode, you can do a lot more than just click and type. Tap or click here for some YouTube tips and tricks.

Searching YouTube is as easy as typing a few words, but did you know there are more ways to find content? You can focus on live events or eliminate parodies. You can create playlists or narrow your search to a specific time. We’ll show you how to do this and more.

1. Find Live Events

Many concerts and events are broadcast live on YouTube. You can watch them in real time together with a global audience. There are a number of ways to do this:

Just type the word live after your search term. You can also browse upcoming and current live stream events to choose the one you want to watch. Go to youtube.com on your computer and select Live in the left column. On mobile, open the YouTube app, tap Explore, then tap Live.

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2. Narrow your search

YouTube shows off more than 2 billion monthly logged in users, with over 500 hours of content posted every minute. With all that content, finding what you’re looking for can be a matter of narrowing your search by the date a video was posted.

Just type in the search term(s) for your video, followed by this week or this month. For example, try spider-man news this week.

You can also use YouTube’s filters to narrow things down:

Go to youtube.com on your computer and perform your search. Once your results have loaded, click on the Filters drop-down and select the upload date, ranging from the last hour to this year. On mobile, tap the three-dot icon, then tap Search Filters.

3. Find the real music video, not just the parodies

YouTube can be found in more than 100 countries and 80 languages. The platform owned by Google is the second largest search site in the world, surpassed only by Google itself. This means that people from all over the world are posting parodies, fan videos and comments on the most popular topics.

Lady Gaga is one of the biggest names out there, so if you’re looking for a song by a singer of her stature, you may need to remove the fan-created content. You can do this by typing the name of the song, then adding a comma and putting the word partner. For example, try this search: poker face, partner.

4. Create a playlist of songs

You can have YouTube create a playlist of your favorite songs using the keyword playlist. To get back to Lady Gaga, type in Lady Gaga playlist and your results will include fan-made compilations bundling songs into one long upload.

You also get an official playlist labeled YouTube Mix. You can play it right away or select individual videos to watch and listen to.

You can create a custom playlist at any time and create multiple lists for your different moods. Do the following from your computer:

Find a video to add to a playlist. Click Save. Select a playlist such as Watch Later or a playlist you’ve already created, or click Create New Playlist. Click Create.

To create a playlist on mobile:

Find a video to add to a playlist. Tap Save below the video to automatically save it to the last playlist you saved to, or to your Watch Later playlist. To change where your video is saved, tap Change in the popup. Select from the list of your playlists.

5. Find a movie to watch

You can watch feature films on YouTube, but like everything else on the platform, searching for the movie title may not be enough.

It’s pretty simple. Just type the word movie in your search. Try “A star is born movie.” You may need to buy or rent a movie if it isn’t available for free on the platform at the time you search for it.

Bonus Search Tips

Use the + or – keys to include or remove keywords from your search results. Use quotes to find the exact phrase you’re looking for. Add the word long to your search to find videos longer than 20 minutes. Use short to search videos. Duration options include Short (less than 4 minutes) and Long (more than 20 minutes)

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