If you have a YouTube Premium account, you can participate in an early access program that gives you early access to unfinished features. YouTube has released a new feature called “pinch to zoom” that lets users zoom in on videos without switching to portrait mode.
YouTube Premium users have access to a slew of bonus features, such as the ability to play videos in the background and save videos to watch offline. Premium members have the opportunity to test out new features and discover innovative tools before the general public.
The YouTube experience now includes features that were initially tested in an experimental capacity. YouTube’s experiments page is where the feature to use voice to search online first appeared. One of the newest features available to Premium users is a simplified playlist interface that lets you rearrange upcoming videos with a simple drag and drop.
YouTube’s new pinch-to-zoom functionality is available now in the beta version. The ability to use your entire screen in landscape mode is a feature that has been available to all users for some time, but this is slightly different. Pinch to zoom lets you use two fingers to zoom into the video player, rather than filling the screen. Once you’ve zoomed in, you can pan around and examine various aspects of the video in greater detail. The design of this element suggests that it was intended for use in the portrait orientation of a screen.
Premium members can access the new function in the YouTube app for Android by tapping their profile pictures and then selecting Your Premium benefits. You can enable YouTube’s pinch to zoom functionality and explore the site’s other new features on the Try new features page. It may take some time for this new tool to become effective.
YouTube Premium subscribers will be able to try out the new pinch-to-zoom feature until September 1 in order to provide feedback on the service. Complete implementation of this feature is expected in the future, though we do not yet know if or when free users will have access to the associated tool.