On Watching TV: How I Save 2 Hours a Day

It’s pretty obvious that when you are watching videos online, you’re not doing anything else. Want to save a few hours when going through slow YouTube videos binge-watching a long TV series? Speed up the videos that you are watching at 1.5x or 2.0x the speed. I’ll teach you how to.

DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO SPEED CONTROLLER EXTENSION

You can use a browser extension called Video Speed Controller to speed up videos on ALL websites, including YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. This extension is only available on Google Chrome and Firefox. If you’re using the Safari browser for Mac, you’d need to pay for an app called Accelerate. I will include the download links below.

Video Speed Controller for Google Chrome

Video Speed Controller for Firefox

Accelerate for Safari

Pro Tip

If you’re using a desktop browser, I strongly recommend Google Chrome. The Chrome browser has a large library of extensions, such as the Video Speed Controller, that can make your internet life easier.

SPEEDING UP AND SLOWING DOWN VIDEOS

After you’ve added the extension to your browser, you can adjust the speed of your video using the control shortcuts. The controls are automatically set to your keyboard strokes “S” for decrease and “D” to increase the video speed.

Watch YouTube and other videos at twice the speed using the options in the top left.

CHANGING THE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

To change the keyboard shortcuts and settings, just simply adjust them in your extensions bar in Google or Firefox on the top left hand side of your browser.

Change the speed controller options and keyboard shortcuts in the settings page.

Pro Tip

If you watch 60 minutes of television a day, you can play your videos at twice the speed. The time savings are potentially 30 minutes a day. On a weekly basis, that is 2.5 hours saved, or about 900 hours saved annually.