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YouTube testing ‘pinch to zoom’ feature for Premium users

YouTube has quietly rolled out an experimental feature called Pinch to Zoom exclusively for premium users. Android Police has called. This allows you to zoom in on the video player and then pan around to view different parts of the screen, both in portrait mode and in full-screen landscape mode, as shown below.

If you are a Premium user, you can try it out by tapping on your profile photo and clicking “Your Premium Benefits”, opening the “Try new features” section and enabling the zoom feature. It may take a while for the feature to activate, but once it’s activated you can zoom in up to 8x.

YouTube is testing the Pinch to Zoom feature for premium users

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In the past, YouTube has tested interesting features like picture-in-picture with random users and beta app testers. However, 2020 introduced experimental features for premium users, allowing them to try new options before anyone else. Several experimental features have made their way to the premium app, including easier playlist management and browser-based voice search. The new feature is available until September 1st and is only supported on Android devices for the time being.

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