How to change the playback speed of a Youtube video (two methods).

Have you ever wanted to speed up or slow down the videos you watch in Youtube? Fortunately, this is really easy. I will show you a couple of ways to do this.
Option 1 - Built in Functionality
You can easily do this with functionality built into Youtube. To do this, simply click on the gears icon in the video you are watching, and choose speed. This will allow you to speed up or slow down the video you are watching.

If you do not see this option, you may not have HTML 5 enabled. Go to to make sure you have this enabled.

Here is a great youtube video that goes into greater depth:

Option 2 - Use VLC media player.
If you want a bit more functionality and more precise playback speed changes, you can use VLC to watch your Youtube video.

To do this, you can either directly stream the Youtube video in VLC or save the file using VLC.
Just copy the Youtube video URL, then in VLC go to Media>Open Network Stream... or Media>Convert/Save... and paste your URL. Now you can either watch the video directly or save it to your computer.

Once your video is open in VLC, you can go to the menu (or right click) and go to Playback>Speed>Faster/Slower. Alternatively, you can use simple keyboard shortcut keys.
Press [ to decrease the speed.
Press ] to increase the speed.
Press = to return to the normal playback speed.

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  1. It would be great to adjust the speed of youtube videos - however, I am using the latest Firefox browser with HTML5 available - and in the Setting, instead of speed I am seeing Subtitles/CC. I tried activating the CC icon to the left of Settings, to see if that changed anything - but it did not.

  2. Tried opening the network stream, but, a pop-up stating a list of "errors" with option to clear, or, close. Either closing it, or, clearing it and closing it did not produce the video being played, however. There was ONE proper image--I think, the movie promo pic--as showed appropriately. But, nothing more. It is, OFTEN, a problem with Youtube videos that the sound tracks are akin to the...Chipmonks, say? Thanks, and, God bless!

  3. I made an action extension for iOS Safari that does just that. For those unaware, action extension basically adds button to Safari action sheet that allows you to adjust video playback speed. Works on both iPhone and iPad. It works with YouTube and virtually any other HTML5 video player, in Safari itself, rather then having to open different app.

  4. Check out this Chrome browser extension:
    You can slow down or speed up but also change the key of YouTube videos in real-time!


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