YouTube Options For Chrome Could Be The Best Way To Watch Videos Without Annoyances

youtube options for google chromeIf you take a walk through, you will come across many a reader either asking or discussing the best way to watch YouTube and its ocean of videos. Granted that YouTube is the Mecca for video watchers, but it is crowded, chaotic, and cacophonic. More often than not it doesn’t make for the best of viewing. As I like to explain YouTube annoyances – if the clutter of ads doesn’t get you, the cataract of comments will. And these are just two of the irritants on YouTube.

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No wonder we have quite a fleet of browser tools and extensions to nip the problem areas in the bud and give a more controlled video watching experience. Firefox is well represented with annoyance defeating add-ons Make YouTube Better & Get Rid of Annoyances With These Add-Ons [Firefox] Watching videos is one of the best pastimes you can find online, and what source for videos is better than YouTube? YouTube is the largest video website online, and when looking for a video, you’re... Read More and Chrome has its own favorites too. YouTube Options for Chrome is a pet one.

Up, Close, and Personal with YouTube Options for Chrome

The official definition says that YouTube Options for Chrome disables annoying things on YouTube and other video sites. Enlarging on the term ‘annoying’ we get to tackle ads, annotations, auto-play, auto-buffering, comments, and other page elements. The list is pretty long, suggestive of the fact that one needs to do a lot to optimize the YouTube experience (Google, are you listening?).

YouTube Options for Chrome (let’s call it YTO from now on) also works on Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, g4TV, FEARnet, Funny or Die, Hulu, The Dump, and a few others. But it comes with the rider that not everything may be configurable on these sites as every site is different. You can enable and disable individual sites you want it to work on from the Settings. Check screen below:

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Download and Install: You can download YTO from the Chrome Web Store and from the Developer website. The only difference (though a critical one in my opinion) is that the developer (Full) version gives you the ability to download the videos to your computer. Download the Full version to your desktop and drag ‘n drop it on the Extensions page of the Chrome browser.

Play and Set Some Video Options

Even if you go to YouTube and start playing a video, you will notice that that YTO has started working its magic. The screenshot above is how it plays it out with the extension installed and in full windowed view. Note the red YTO icon on the Omnibox of Chrome. You can access a few of the running settings from there:

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For instance, with a click you can set the viewing resolution. Or loop a video (let’s say a music video). No ads…no childish comments, trolls, and stupid wisecracks cluttering up the page.

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There’s only the neat mention of a few download options in case you feel the need to get the video to your desktop. The extension is a nifty YouTube (and other video) downloader with choices of WebM, MP4, FLV, and 3GP in various resolutions.

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Sit back and watch. But if you want to really personalize YouTube for yourself, take to the extension’s Options. Explaining each feature would take me the better part of the day. So, let’s gist and trust the easy-to-grasp and easy-to-set settings on the Video page. Expand it to display the Advanced settings as well.

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Here are the options you can set.

  • Set viewing size and viewing quality across 240p to 1080p and full-windowed.
  • For all YouTube videos you can hide in-video ads, annotations, and also most pre-video video advertisements.
  • Disable auto-play but keep them enabled for videos in a playlist.
  • Disable buffering if you think it’s a waste of time on a good connection.
  • Play videos – especially music videos – in a loop without user intervention.
  • Set view options for suggested videos. For instance, you can make them appear in place of the existing video. Or in a new window or a pop-up.
  • For YouTube videos you can add RSS link to page and source header. With this enabled, you can watch for additions to a playlist.
  • Force YouTube to use https (SSL) for more secured browsing.

You can check the sections that are targeted and the visual changes in the preview thumbnail on the right.

Beautify with Layout Options

Video options are just one-half of the story. You can set an assortment of layout options that truly customize your YouTube experience. You can toggle the appearance from the icon on the address bar by clicking on the relevant areas in the thumbnail preview under the icon. You can hide the header, title, description, comments, video suggestions, footer, and playlist.

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I really like the feature that lets me ‘dim the lights’ and set the mood. The screen below shows off the feature.

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You can also hide the player controls to make the player more minimal or give it a different theme.

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I have already mentioned the Sites page earlier which allows you to choose and use the extension on a number of other video sites. Please note that some features are YouTube specific and may not work on the sites mentioned. With that, let’s close the review with a note of appreciation.

End of the Show

I fully endorse YouTube Options for Chrome. Just as our readers have done and have accorded it a high place on the Best of Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More page. I guess you will too because it is one of the more complete YouTube related extensions out there. It lets you configure YouTube for your personal viewing pleasure. On one hand, you can not only disable or hide the annoying features of YouTube but also beautify a few ones that are on view. Plus, it is a video downloader tool too. What else do you need?

Do you think that YouTube Options for Chrome is one of those extensions that simplify the whole show for you? Know of any better one? Come back after a few videos and let us know.

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  1. Braden Dodge
    January 16, 2017 at 2:02 am

    So what happended to "YouTube Options for Chrome"? None of the links to it from here, or any other website for that matter, work anymore, and a google search of "YouTube Options for Chrome" only brings up "Magic Actions for YouTube" (a great extension in itself) and "ImprovedTube".....wait I found it, it now goes by the name SPOI Options....I've used that before, it's utter garbage and is a total scam. It's free to download but unless you pay you don't get to use it, even just to try it out! I'm pretty sure Magic Actions does the same thing, but guess what? IT'S TOTALLY FREE! You know why? They don't need to charge because their software is great and that alone generates enough buzz for them to succeed. Forcing users to pay up front is not the way to succeed at this, all the best developers have made their money from donations and from ad-generated revenue. When you see a dev demanding money up front, you better bet their software is garbage and they know it.

  2. Dianne Lien
    March 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for the information on making Youtube a better experience...?

    • Saikat Basu
      March 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Glad this article could help you out.

  3. imota
    November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Who cares!

    It would be usable if created for Firefox. As for Chrome, there is something better, greater, open and more democratic. It's called FIREFOX. People, stay away from Crome. Use Firefox ! The Gospel of Firefox should be spread in every corner of the world. It is not only technology, Firefox is an ideology as well. It's about freedom, oppenes, honesty and trust.

    In the beginning God created Mozilla and Firefox and Firefox was with God! Amen.

  4. Igor Rizvi?
    October 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    More customization to make my life a little bit dissorganized and less frustration..thanks

  5. Alex Perkins
    October 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Funnily enough I was looking at that earlier...

  6. Vishal Mishra
    October 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I just tried it and it is a really great add-on. Must be in the top chrome extentions.

  7. RaMaN
    October 31, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Youtube Comment Retriever - A worth install.

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  8. Jeremy Garnett
    October 31, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I highly recommend YouTube Options for Crome. I have been using it for several months now, and while I don't often use the download option, when it is needed, it is very useful to have it there and ready. YouTube rarely looks so clean, and less clutter is of particular importance on my small screen.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 31, 2012 at 5:07 am

      Very true. This is one of my must-install extensions now.

  9. Adrian Rea
    October 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Thank you for the heads up, I wanted a way to personalise the youtube view

  10. Obinna Egbule
    October 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Those annoyances are what makes Youtube fun.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 31, 2012 at 5:07 am

      Really :) ?

  11. Guilherme
    October 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Incredible software.
    Nice Tip!
    I just wish that in case i do want to comment, i could click somewhere, or had a shortcut key, instead of having to enable comments.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 31, 2012 at 5:09 am

      You can email the developer. Maybe he can incorporate it in his next update.

    • Abe
      November 8, 2012 at 6:48 am

      you can do that from the YTO page action menu in the URL box.

  12. Tony Hymes
    October 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    This is awesome! You can also use to organize videos from YouTube, and other platforms, it's mostly designed for music, but could be a cool option if anyone wants to try it.