How do I listen to YouTube videos at double-speed?

On the desktop I'm able to change the playback speed to 1.5x or 2x. With podcasts, I'm able to listen to them on my iPhone at 1.5x or 2x speed. Shouldn't I be able to watch YouTube videos at double speed on the iOS app?

  • Chloe, you should check my answer because, opposed to the correct answer, it doesn't require leaving the browser (which I think it rocks) – Teodor Ciuraru Apr 14 '17 at 16:07
  • @TeodorCiuraru Are you referring to my answer? It doesn't require leaving the browser. – Andreas Apr 15 '17 at 12:07

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This can now be done with the latest version of Youtube Mobile App

"What's New in Version 12.33

• Adjust video playback speed with new player controls"

  • Thanks for the info. It's sad to know this took them, what, five years to implement? Still, I'd rather use a proper app that lets me shut off the screen and save battery. – Andreas Aug 31 '17 at 18:19

You can, and it will cost you nothing.

  1. On the video's mobile Youtube page, tap the menu button at the top left (or right). Scroll to the bottom and switch to Desktop view.*

Youtube desktop version

  1. Change the speed controls just like you would on your computer.
  2. Play the video by tapping it and it will use the new speed settings.

*If you're in YouTube desktop mode but still don't see the gear icon then tap Safari's action/share button and request desktop version from there as well. The request desktop icon looks like a monitor/iMac.

Icon to request desktop version

(I recently learned that you can also tap and hold Safari's refresh button to request the desktop version of a page)

If you lock the screen Safari will pause playback, but it can be resumed either from the lock screen or your headset to allow audio only.

  • @TeodorCiuraru You have been repeating that same promotion of your app several times in this question, and indeed even in the comment section for this answer. You have also repeatedly claimed that this answer "doesn't work" on TED, etc. My answer now—just like before—is: this answer is not meant to work on other sites. Reread the question that was asked. – Andreas May 22 '17 at 21:27
  • You are right. I forgot about it only working for Youtube (I didn't remember the question when I added my last comment). I am sorry. – Teodor Ciuraru May 23 '17 at 3:51

I've released a new app made just for this: Speedeo

You can watch any YouTube videos on it at up to 2x the speed. Great for tutorials, presentations, and just saving time in general.

Note: I'm one of the authors of the app. If you have any feedback please let me know!

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    You also happen to have made it... – Chloe Jul 21 '16 at 3:55
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    Did you also post the original question? This seems spammy to me. – SegNerd Jul 26 '16 at 22:55
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    ? No... I have no affiliation with Chloe. I'm just the maker of the app – bigpotato Jul 26 '16 at 22:56
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    This is fantastic! Thank you for making this - you've significantly improved my quality of life. It'd be nice if you integrated with the sharing widgets in iOS so I could open YouTube links directly in your app instead of copying the link and pasting it in. I'd also love to go faster than 2x (I routinely get up to ~3.5x with Video Speed Controller). – cgenco Aug 25 '16 at 3:05
  • @cgenco Thanks for the support and feedback! I'll let my team know about upping the maximum speed, although anything above 2.5x usually causes videos to become skippy. We will definitely be looking into the sharing widgets so stay tuned! – bigpotato Aug 25 '16 at 3:14

No, mobile versions often have much less functionality. With the official YouTube app there is (currently) no function to speed up a video.

There might be an external app containing this feature, but by default there is no functionality for this.


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. https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1205188880

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    I wish they'd make extensions like these more visible somehow. I've never once gone on the AppStore with the thought of looking for, basically, a new button for the system's share action sheet. There's not even a separate category for it. AppStore ironically is a sad excuse for an app. – Andreas May 22 '17 at 21:42

This app seems not to be available in the Store anymore

The Swift Player app should be able to accomplish what you need, but it is $3.99, so that might not be an option.

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    Surprisingly, my iTunes shows a popup saying "The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store". – Ryan Apr 22 '16 at 17:42

This app seems not to be available in the Store anymore

I'm very happy with Play Tube Free from VietMobile. It's one of the best because it has:

  • playback speed control
  • swipe gestures to jump forward/backward
  • video quality lock

I always use all three to watch tutorials and such.

  • My iTunes shows a popup saying "The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store", so I can't get it either. – Ryan Apr 22 '16 at 17:40


Uninstall youtube app if you have it.

Go to App Store -> download "chrome".

Open it and go to youtube.com.

On the top right there are three dots -> request desktop site

If you play the video you should be able to see the gear on the bottom right of the video player!

Thank me later.

  • Wow, YouTube is 48MB, but Chrome is 69MB! – Chloe Apr 21 '16 at 17:56
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    I found that you do not need to uninstall YouTube. You can ignore the prompt to open in YouTube, or change the setting in Chrome to not use YouTube. You also have to click the ... twice to request the desktop site, once in the YouTube page, and again in the Chrome app. They both have the '...'. If you only request desktop site in one of them, then it just changes the layout but the video widget is the standard Apple one with no controls. I also found that it remembers the 2x speed, so that's good! – Chloe Apr 21 '16 at 19:41
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    The downside is that you can't watch the video fullscreen because it's "not supported". It's too bad youtube doesn't just add this feature to their app. – chrishiestand Jul 8 '16 at 3:29

Tubex is a free (ad-supported) iOS app that offers a range of playback speeds and picture-in-picture support, in addition to all the usual YouTube functionality.

  • I just used this app. Jan 2017 – Honey Jan 27 '17 at 14:56
  • This app seems to have been taken off the App Store – Matt May 28 '18 at 16:20

You can install MyTube from the app store which is free (non-paid).

During playback, click the box containing the number 1 and set your desired speed such as 1.5 or 2.0. Intermediate speeds such as 1.25 are unfortunately not available.

The app is ad supported, so you might get a couple of ads as you interact with the app.


Just install the Puffin browser and enjoy..


Just download SpeedTube on the app store

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