The YouTube app recently added two swipe gestures that you may have discovered by accident. (As soon as you start the new gestures, you still have to deal with.) I was happily and innocently flying over YouTube and mistakenly turned to a new video slipped. After a quick internet search, I discovered that YouTube added two new swipe gestures to make it easier to browse videos (and keep them in the app longer). Here is what's going on.
Swipe right, swipe left.
If you watch a video, you can now swipe left to watch the next recommended video. If you swipe right, you will return to the previous video you viewed. The gestures work no matter how you hold your phone – horizontally in full-screen mode or vertically with the Up Next videos below.
When you jump to a video you've already watched, YouTube remembers your spot and starts where you left off. That's the good news. The bad? Show. Preroll ads play as you move to the next or previous video, regardless of whether you've already watched the video or not. This means you will lose at least five seconds before you can skip the ad.
Double tap still in effect
Despite adding the new swipe gestures, the double tap gestures remain intact. You can still tap the right and left sides of a video to jump forward or backward. The first double tap advances 10 seconds forward or back, and each additional double tap adds another 10 seconds to the jump.