How to increase Youtube playback speed more than 2x?

👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 Aug 10 2021    📁 Fix    📜 0 comment

Youtube is one of the popular video platforms for almost any category. Some youtube videos are too slow and some are too quick. So, youtube has introduced the feature called playback speed and has provided speed between .25 and 2 times the default normal speed(1.0).

For Example: If you want 4 times slower video then you can set the playback speed to.25, if you want 2 times faster video then you can set the playback speed to 2.

But for the longer podcasts, presentations, and interviews we may require a speed higher than 2x. Unfortunately, youtube doesn't provide provides this facility. For the intention of consuming more information within less time, here we come with custom playback speed control, which you can use to control speed.


  • We can speed up to 16 times normal.
  • Audio cannot be cleared at 4x and will find cutting out.

Increase Youtube Playback Speed greater than 2x using Browser Development Console

Using javascript code in the console we can achieve the youtube video speed from 3x, 4x, up to 16x. This is just a hack and no need for any software to achieve custom youtube video speed.


1  Open Chrome Browser and open any youtube video you want.

2  In Chrome browser, go to the top right corner and click on 3 dots. Then from the dropdown select "More tools".Next select  Developer tools. Or use shortcut , For Windows /Linux press Shift + Ctrl + J and for Mac Press Option + ⌘ + J

3  Just paste any of this script,

$('video').playbackRate = x;


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


document.querySelector('video').playbackRate = x;

Here, ‘x' denotes the playback speed you wish to use for your video.

This javascript code is fully supported in all major browser like IE, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Safari on iOS, Opera Mini,Android Browser,Samsung Internet etc.

4 Close the console by pressing the same keyboard combination as mention in step 2.


Using this hack:

  • You have to perform this for every video.
  • Any value greater than 16 does not work.
  • You have precise control of the speed.
  • Skip video ads with a keypress
  • This hacks works for other video players which uses HTML5 for video.
Also Read: How to download playlists from youtube in bulk?

Increase Youtube Playback Speed greater than 2x using Browser Extension

1. Video Speed Controller Extension

This is a productivity browser extension compatible with any latest browser which supports HTML 5 audio/video.
It has a nice review and rating overall you can use it.
With this extension, you can slow down, speed up, and rewind HTML5 based audio /video. 

Step to use Video Speed Controller.

1  Download and activate the extension from here.

video-speed-controller install extension chrome

Then open any youtube video, there in the top left corner of the video player you will find a black box. Just hover on it and it will expand showing various options like +, -, <, > and x.


When you click on +, the speed of the video increase from 1.00 at the rate of .10 and max. you can set it up to 16..You can set your speed and can revert to normal speed easily.

It has also provided shortcuts for you and the default Shortcut are as follow:

  • Press "S" to slow down the speed.
  • Press "D" to increase playback speed.
  • Press "R" to reset playback speed to normal.
  •  Press "Z" to rewind the video by 10 seconds.
  • Press "X" to advance the video by 10 seconds
  • Press "V" to show or hide the controller.

2 Using Youtube Playback Speed Control Extension


Why does youtube do not create a playback speed greater than 2x ?

Ans: The main purpose of playback speed is to save time watching slow videos and gain useful information in a short time. Youtube max playback speed is 2x because most videos when played up to 2x can be understandable by people. Most of the video when played in greater than 2x is not easily understandable.