YouTube is testing a new mobile app feature with its premium subscribers that allow them to zoom in on any video. As noted before 9to5Googlethe latest optional beta feature enables the zoom gesture for videos – and it works in landscape, portrait and full screen.
According to the company, the zoom feature will remain in testing until September 1, giving YouTube about a month to collect user feedback and improve things before rolling it out more broadly.
To enable pinch to zoom, open the YouTube settings menu either on your phone or from the website. As long as you’re subscribed to YouTube Premium, there should be a “Try New Features” section. At the moment, the only feature available for testing is the zoom function. It looks like there might be a delay between signing up for the test and actually being able to use the pinch gesture, as I wasn’t able to zoom in on any videos right away after playing them. But once you activate it, you should be able to zoom in up to 8x.
There are already ways to enlarge YouTube content with the various accessibility functions on Android and iOS, and it is obviously very easy to do it in a desktop browser. But having it as an optional native feature in the mobile app is much more convenient. Last month, YouTube finally introduced Picture-in-Picture mode for iPhone and iPad after testing it for the first time among premium customers; This very useful feature has been around for a long time on Android.