How to Watch Youtube Faster Than 2x Playback Speed

It has been a deep ongoing frustration of mine that Youtube’s video player caps out at 2x playback speed. Here’s how to go faster

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It has been a deep ongoing frustration of mine that Youtube’s video player caps out at 2x playback speed.

I’ll recognise upfront that for many of you reading even 1.5x playback speed is ridiculous and 2x is insane. Wanting to go any faster is real psychopath territory I know. But I’m an infovore, I can’t help it. My attitude towards all online content can be summarised as ‘Just give me the fucking information’. This is sort of why I have a podcast that’s only 5mins long and I try for one new idea per sentence. Information density matters to me.

I recently discovered how to push the Youtube player past its 2x speed UX cap and it’s totally changed my life. Being able to burn though a 3 hour software tutorial, or a lecture in a little over an hour brings me an immense amount lot of joy.

If you aren’t a coward and just wanna go fast, here is how the brave watch Youtube:

Step 1.

On any Youtube video page press CTRL + SHIFT + J or COMMAND + OPTION + C.

This will open the browser’s developer tools.

Step 2.

Click ‘console’ and copy and paste the following javascript:

document.getElementsByTagName("video")[0].playbackRate = x 

Where x = equals your desired playback speed

Eg: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, or mad max 3x speed.


x = speed is valid to number of decimal places. You can fine tune to playback speed for taste: Eg something like 2.12345 speed.

Step 3.

Close the console

Step 4.

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