How to Watch Videos at Faster Speeds

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Who said you had to watch videos at their normal speed? Speed up playback to get through slow lectures or binge-watch a slow TV series. These tips work with YouTube, Netflix, local videos, and anything you can stream in Chrome.

Speed Up YouTube Videos

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On YouTube, you can click the gear icon while playing a video and select the “Speed” option. You can choose a range of faster speeds up to 2x, which is double normal speed. You can even select slower speeds.

Other online streaming services may have a similar option. Poke around the player to see whether you can find a speed control.

Speed Up Netflix and Other In-Browser Videos

Netflix, like many other online streaming services, doesn’t have a built-in playback speed option. For Netflix and similar services, you can use a browser extension called Video Speed Controller to add this functionality to all websites with HTML5 videos. We usually advise against installing a lot of Chrome extensions, but this one is a perfect fit.

This extension adds a little window in the top left corner of your video stream that lets you select a new speed. Just move your mouse to the top-left corner to view the panel.

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Click the + or buttons to increase or decrease the speed by 10%. You can also click the << and >> buttons to skip forward and backward through the video, which is a feature some in-browser players don’t offer.

Open the extension’s options— right-click the extension’s icon on your browser toolbar and select “Options”—to find hotkey settings. By default, you can press D to increase the speed and S to slow it down.

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