Sometimes the YouTube videos you want to launch are extremely long. And while all of the content is good for some people, you might need a specific section, like a “How-To”. Youtube new chapters functionality can help you switch to meat if the creator still takes care of it.
On the desktop, chapters appear in the timeline when you browse a video. You will see large pauses in the bar indicating the start and a section. This will allow you to easily find specific areas of a video that you want to watch or ignore the content that you are currently watching.
0:00 Be excited…
1:00 The functionality of the video chapters is officially here!
1:30 When chapters are activated, viewers watch the video more and return more often on average.
2:30 Test chapters on your own videos by adding a set of timestamps from 0:00 to the description. pic.twitter.com/FIFLbLImaj
– YouTube creators (@ytcreators) May 28, 2020
The functionality is the same on tablets and phones, but in the case of smartphones, you will get haptic feedback as you move between chapters. This should help with the fact that your finger will likely cover the markers.
However, YouTube does not automatically add chapters to videos. It is up to content creators to add timestamps (preferably with a chapter title) to their video descriptions. The advantage is that many videos already have chapter markers like this for the benefit of viewers.
The feature is available to all content creators, but viewers may not see it immediately. The YouTube kitchen video above already contains chapter descriptions, so you can read it to see if the chapters work for you.