YouTube is testing a new ‘pinch to zoom’ feature
YouTube Premium subscribers have a new feature to play with.
This new pinch-to-zoom feature is currently being tested in beta, according to 9to5Google. Come September 1, the new pinch-to-zoom feature will be removed from testing.
At present, there is no word from Google on when this feature could see a full release.
In the meantime, YouTube is testing the feature to gather critical user feedback that will shape its design and functionality once it launches.
YouTube’s new zoom-in feature
The new pinch-to-zoom gesture feature is available on the YouTube mobile app for testing and will work for all videos, whether in portrait mode or full-screen landscape mode.
Pinch-to-zoom technology was absent in earlier phones but is now a staple in just about every smartphone device out there.
It uses a pinch gesture (moving two fingers together) to zoom in or out on an object in order to adjust its size and focus.
How to zoom in on a YouTube video
If you’re on a YouTube Premium package, here’s how to check out the new pinch-to-zoom gesture feature.
You should now be able to see a Try new features section. Here’s where you’ll find the zoom-in feature. You can use the toggle switch to enable it.
But, you may need to wait a while
However, note that the pinch-to-zoom feature may take a little while to become enabled on your device since it is still in testing.
The Verge reports that once it is active, the zoom-in feature can let you zoom in up to 8x. YouTube currently supports zooming in on a video using different methods like adjusting your browser’s zooming level.
You can also enable or disable full-screen mode to view videos in different sizes. You can also use the new picture-in-picture mode for iPhone and iPad, or use the theater mode on your browser to adjust your screen size or zoom level.
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