How to Play Video Frame By Frame on YouTube (Full Guide)

There could be several reasons why you want to watch a YouTube video frame-by-frame. It could be because you don’t want to miss out on the Easter eggs dropped in your favorite movie or TV show trailers or because you want to capture minor details in a video.

Whatever the reason is, you can easily watch a YouTube video frame-by-frame. So, if you’re interested in knowing how to go frame by frame on YouTube, follow along with this guide.

Below, we have shared all possible ways to go frame by frame on YouTube videos. We have shared steps for both desktop & mobile. Let’s get started.

How to Play Video Frame By Frame on YouTube

YouTube’s web version officially supports playing videos frame by frame with a keyboard shortcut. This means you won’t have to use any additional software or service. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Launch your favorite web browser and visit

2. When the site opens, play the video you want to watch frame by frame.

3. Now, use your keyboard’s ‘right arrow key’ to move the video one frame forward. This will work even without pausing the video.

4. To move one frame backward, press the ‘left arrow key’ on your keyboard. This will move one frame backward.

left arrow key

5. If the right or left arrow key is not working on your keyboard, you can press the “.” key to seek a video forward frame-by-frame, or “,” to seek the video backward frame-by-frame.

seek a video forward frame-by-frame

That’s it! With a keyboard shortcut, you can play a video frame by frame on a YouTube desktop.

Go frame by frame by downloading the YouTube video

Another way to play video frame-by-frame is to download the video on your computer and play it on the VLC Media Player.

VLC Media Player

Not just YouTube, you can use VLC Media Player to play any video frame-by-frame. To do that, play the video on VLC Media Player and press the E key to move one frame forward.

What’s more useful is that on VLC Media Player, you can change the hotkey to jump to the next frame of the video.

How to Go Frame by Frame on YouTube for iPhone & Android

Technically, YouTube for Android and iPhone doesn’t support going frame by frame in a video. However, reducing the video playback speed still gets the job done.

You can play video at 0.25x speed to focus on detail within a video; the 0.25x speed plays the video at 7.5 fps, which is slow enough to catch minor details. Here’s how to reduce the playback speed of a video on the YouTube mobile app.

1. Launch the YouTube app on your Android or iPhone.

2. When the app opens, play the video you want to watch frame by frame.

3. Next, tap the settings gear icon at the top right corner.

settings gear icon

4. On the menu that appears, select Playback Speed.

Playback Speed

5. Next, select ‘0.25x’ in the menu.


That’s it! The video will play at 0.25x speed. You can now focus on the detail within a video that is in motion.

Other Ways to Go Frame by Frame on YouTube

Generally, you don’t need to rely on other ways to watch your favorite videos frame by frame on YouTube.

The keyboard shortcuts work well most of the time, and you can reduce the playback speed on mobile.

Other than these, several extensions available for Google Chrome let you do the same, but all of them require controlling the video frames using keyboard shortcuts.

This guide explains how to play videos frame-by-frame on YouTube. We have shared the steps for both desktop and mobile YouTube. If you need more help with this topic, let us know in the comments. Also, if you find this guide helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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