YouTube is experimenting with a feature that allows users to “pinch and zoom” a video, similar to how you can use it on an Instagram post.
The feature, which 9to5Google has caught our eye, allows “premium” YouTube subscribers to zoom in on the video on screen, even in landscape mode.
As explained by YouTube, to use pinch and zoom, the user can simply “pinch the video player with two fingers to zoom in and out”.
Instead of filling your screen, pinch to zoom allows you to use two fingers to zoom in on the video player. Once you zoom in, the report explains, you can navigate and take a closer look at parts of the video.
It’ll be available until September 1 for testing by premium users – just under a month for the platform to get its ducks in a row and potentially roll out across its user base.
If you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber, you can find the new zoom feature by heading into the Settings menu (either on your phone or desktop browser). The feature is under the “Try New Features” section.
YouTube Premium is a solid option if you want to pay to skip the often intimidating ads. But it’s $14.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial also available. The student plan will cost you $8.99 per month and the family plan will cost you $22.99 per month. With Family, you can add up to five users. The price includes access to YouTube Music, offline downloads, and background playback.
But for anyone else who doesn’t want these extras, we just have to hope that the zoom-in will eventually make its way to the ad-packed free version of YouTube.