New YouTube feature lets you jump straight to the best part

What you need to know

  • YouTube will now highlight the “most replayed parts of a video” in a graph above the progress bar on desktop, Android, and iOS.
  • High graph lines will indicate where other viewers showed the most interest, so you can skip ahead.
  • YouTube is also testing a revamped preview tool while scrolling through the video progress bar.

A new YouTube feature overlays a graph above the video progress bar, showing where previous viewers spent the most time. The higher the graph’s crest, the more that section of video was replayed.

Announced and launched on May 18, the YouTube graph will make it far quicker to jump to a video’s highlights, as judged by other people.

For example, a sports highlight video will likely climb highest at the climactic play, while a how-to video on fixing a broken sink will rise up past the opening spiel.

(Image credit: Google)

If the graph’s meaning isn’t clear enough, the example image on the YouTube community page shows a “most replayed” thumbnail with a specific time as well. That’ll make it easy, as the post says, to “quickly find and watch those moments” without having to skip through the video in five-second bursts.

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