YouTube testing ‘pinch to zoom’ feature with Premium users

YouTube’s upcoming feature called pinch to zoom in testing with premium users

YouTube often lets its Premium subscribers test brand new features that are not ready for a wider release. The new experimental feature from the streaming platform is the “pinch to zoom” gesture for videos.

Interestingly, it works in both portrait and landscape modes. The feature will be in testing till September 1.

It is available only on the YouTube Android app.

YouTube testing 'pinch to zoom' feature for Premium Users

Pinch to zoom

Interesting in a pinch to zoom is, It lets you zoom into the video player and then pan around to look at different parts of the screen, both in portrait or full-screen landscape view, as shown below.

The ‘pinch to zoom’ feature works in portrait as well as landscape mode

How to use this facility?

The “pinch to zoom” feature can be accessed by YouTube Premium users by going to the “Try new features” section in “Your Premium benefits.”

It lets you use two fingers to zoom into the video.

There could be a delay between opting in to test it and being able to use it.

You should be able to zoom in at up to 8X.

In the past, YouTube tested interesting features like picture-in-picture with random users and beta app testers. In 2020, though, it launched experimental features for Premium users, letting them try out new options before anyone else.

Several experimental features have made their way to the Premium app , including easier playlist management and browser-based voice search.

Again note that The new feature will be available until September 1st and is only supported on Android devices for now.

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