So I use a Galaxy S5.

I'd like to play YouTube videos (or videos anywhere else) at 2x speed, but I can't find any options for that. Is it possible to find a way to do this on Android?

  • Is there an update?
    – wizlog
    Sep 11 '15 at 5:33
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    Same issues exist as before. I can use browser on desktop mode, but there's a lot of hassle in it. Sep 17 '15 at 19:57

Update 2017: The stock youtube app now gives you a few options for playback rate when you click on the three dot manu when playing a video, for most phones.

One Way

  • Download an external player that lets you control the speed, like BSplayer.

  • Then in the youtube app when you get to the video you want to watch click the Share button and then select the player you want to use. The external player will open and it will play the video you want, and you can control the speed in it.

Tip: you can also use this method to skip ads. If you share the video to a different player you can watch it right away without having to wait if there's an ad.

Edit: I mentioned VLC and Dice Player as other options to control video speed, but looks like I can't share a video from the youtube app to play with them, at least on my phone


Alternative Way (not as smooth):

This works for watching videos on m.youtube.com on the Mobile Chrome browser (probably other browsers as well)

Create a bookmarklet, name it something like 'yspeed', and use this code:

javascript: document.getElementsByTagName("video")[0].playbackRate = parseFloat( prompt("Enter Rate") );

then on your phone when you're watching a video on m.youtube.com, in the url bar type 'yspeed', don't press enter, you should see your bookmarklet popping up as an option. When you tap it you will see a popup to enter your speed (.5, 2.5, 3, etc)

Speeding videos up this way might get laggy, and the max speed you are able to watch it smoothly might depend on your device capabilities

How to create a bookmarklet:

On Desktop

  • Right-click the bookmarks bar
  • Click Add Page
  • Edit the name, and type the javascript code (including "javascript:") into the URL field
  • Select your Mobile Bookmarks folder (might be optional) and then click save

On Mobile Chrome

  • On any page (that you haven't bookmarked already) click the three-dot menu button next to the address bar
  • Tap the star
  • Tap Edit on the popup that shows up on the bottom of the screen. If you missed it then tap on the star again and it will take you to the Edit menu.
  • Enter the name, select your Mobile Bookmarks folder, and replace the content of the URL field with the javascript code (including "javascript:")

Some more info on bookmarklets: http://www.labnol.org/software/google-chrome-bookmarklets/27894/

Pro Tip: You might get a less laggy video if you watch the video in your phone browser in Desktop Mode and then select a lower resolution video. You can also select speed there through the youtube controls, but if you want more precision you can also use the bookmarklet.

  • This is a great suggestion because I can playback with double speed without ads. Also good controls. Jun 25 '16 at 22:28
  • Alternative way does not work, the video stops playing.
    – Alex78191
    Jul 11 '17 at 23:50
  • "use this code" in this answer means: 1. Click 3 dots on top left 2. More Tools -> Developer Tools 3. Paste the above line of code in the "console" tab and press enter. Works for me.
    – ritratt
    Nov 12 '20 at 0:06

The YouTube app does not have that feature. However, it's available if you use a browser in desktop mode. Here's what it looks like on Chrome (on desktop mode):

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  • How do you prevent browser from going into m.youtube.com? Oct 9 '14 at 17:59
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    @InquilineKea You either type "youtube.com" manually into the address bar. OR, request for desktop mode. In Chrome, left-soft-key, then Request desktop site.
    – geffchang
    Oct 9 '14 at 18:12
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    doesn't work on android 4.4: note 2 and note 10.1 2014 .I haven't seen this working on any Android. Jun 18 '15 at 11:22
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    Unfortunately web player consumes much more cpu. On non top /older smartphones it is laggish. Jun 18 '15 at 11:31
  • Didn't work for me, I just don't see that speed option in Chrome for Nexus 7 Android 6. Nov 30 '15 at 23:57

You can download movies and play it with external player, for example dice player (which has speed control).

But downloading from youtube is not legal. Can be done with tubemate.

Be aware, tubemate is censored and no Google tool will help you to find the right version.

  • This is against Google's TOS. I don't think this should be a recommended solution.
    – Huey
    Jun 28 '15 at 2:02
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    I would gladly use any legal youtube client with preloading (with was cut out from android client) and higher playback speed (never worked yet). Without it, most of youtube videos are not essential and available enough to be watched by me. Jun 29 '15 at 9:13
  • The USE of the tool is against Google's terms but not the actual discussion of the tool itself. Educational purposes, right? Apr 17 '17 at 12:10

For playing youtube videos on 2x speed, I use the BS Player (available on the Play Store). I open the video on the youtube app and then I share it to the BS Player, which has a speed control. With a good internet connection it should run very smoothly. (I also tried playing it with chrome on desktop mode, but it has an awful delay for me.)

  • How to choose quality?
    – Alex78191
    Jul 12 '17 at 0:30

Just in case anyone still has this question, I should probably mention that it is now possible to control playback speed in the official YouTube app. Just tap the menu button in the top-right corner of the video and the setting will show up:

Screenshot of YouTube app. Playback Speed: Normal

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