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Video sharing platform YouTube is testing a new mobile app feature for its premium subscribers that will let them zoom in on any video.
According to The Verge , 9to5Google noted that the latest experimental sign-in feature enables a pinch-to-zoom gesture for videos and works in both portrait and landscape full-screen.
According to the company, the zoom feature will be tested until September 1st, giving YouTube about a month to gather user feedback and improve things before possibly rolling it out.
To enable pinch zoom, open the YouTube settings menu on your phone or on the web. As long as you’re subscribed to YouTube Premium, there should be a “try new features” section, The Verge reported.
Currently, the only feature available for testing is the zoom feature. It appears that there may be a delay between opting in for the test and actually using the pinch gesture, as The Verge was unable to zoom in on any videos immediately after turning it on in its testing. However, once active, users should be able to zoom up to 8x.
Android and iOS already have ways to zoom in on YouTube content with various accessibility features, and of course it’s very easy to do on a desktop browser. But having it as an optional native feature in the mobile app makes it all the more convenient.
Last month, YouTube finally delivered picture-in-picture mode for iPhone and iPad after first testing it among premium customers; this extremely useful feature has been available on Android for a long time, according to The Verge.