How to Watch YouTube Videos

Watching videos on YouTube is easy as can be, and you don’t even need to create an account to do it!  This tutorial will give you a basic overview of how to select a video on YouTube to watch, and how to control the YouTube video player.

How to watch a video on YouTube

  1. Go to in your web browser.

  2. Click on the title of a video that you wish to play, or click the video itself.  If you can’t find one that you want to watch right away, consider searching for one.

  3. Now we’ll look at some of the YouTube player’s main functions. Most of them can be accessed from the control bar at the bottom of the video player.

    YouTube video player with controls

    From left to right, you can:

    – play or pause the video
    – skip to the next video in your queue (see step 5 below)
    – adjust or mute/unmute the volume
    – enable or disable closed captions (if available)
    – change advanced settings, such as caption/subtitle language or video quality
    – enter or exit theater (widescreen) mode
    – enter or exit full screen mode

    You can also click a point on the progress bar above the control bar to skip to a particular point in the video.

  4. If you want to watch a different video that’s related to the one you’re currently watching, click on its picture or name in the menu to the right of the current video.

  5. One last thing we’ll mention is a feature called “Autoplay,” which will automatically play a video that is similar to the one you are currently watching when it finishes.  Said video will appear at the top of the right-hand menu, under “Up Next”.

    Click the switch here to turn Autoplay off or on.  You can also enable or disable Autoplay with the Settings button on the YouTube player (see step 2 above).

Those are the basics of watching a video on YouTube!  See?  We told you it was simple!