YouTube Premium adds ‘Listening Controls’ on Android & iOS; Report

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Google-owned online video platform, YouTube is reportedly rolling out the ‘Listening Controls’ feature for Android and iOS users who are Premium subscribers.

According to reports, the new feature will give users additional controls while listening to music on the platform, which lets them play, pause, forward and even rewind videos. This feature, when activated, will replace everything that shows up underneath the video and will remain even when the user switches to a new video. Using the listening controls, YouTube app users can also save new songs to a playlist if they prefer.

Currently, the feature is only rolling out to YouTube Premium users and there is no clarity on whether it will be made available to free users in the future. The new feature can be accessed by clicking on the three-dot icon on the top right corner of the YouTube video. Select ‘Listening Controls’ from the options that pop up from the bottom.

The new Listening Controls widget is reported to take the place of everything that shows up at the bottom of the YouTube video inside the Android and iOS app. It offers fast forward or rewind 10 seconds of the video, and even save it to a playlist. The like button is offered on the Listening Controls widget as well.

Further, the report adds that the listening controls are persistent and remain even when users switch to a new video from the Home feed, search, etc. Those who want to hide the ‘Up next’ and comments feed on their YouTube for Android and iOS apps, can take advantage of the listening controls feature.

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