YouTube finally ads thumbnail previews for videos

YouTube introduces video previews to more users

Now, that 3-second preview feature is available to all YouTube users.

While thumbnail previews are not available on mobile, they are available on mostly every part - Home page, Search results page, Watch page, Subscriptions tab, and Trending tab - of the web site, save for channel pages. This experiment is arriving for only some users that access the service on desktop, though we may see them expand to everyone in the future.

The only disappointing thing in this feature is YouTube doesn't allow users to choose the images of the Thumbnail previews.

The announcement for the global rollout of YouTube video thumbnail previews was made on the video-sharing site's Twitter handle on Friday. This is quite a useful feature as the feature previews the things inside the video so you can roughly see what's actually inside the video.

YouTube says (via The Verge) it is selecting a clip from the first half off the video that "it believes gives the best idea of what the video is about".

YouTubers can not choose the preview they want to showcase as of now. For users who may not be able to test drive the feature themselves, YouTube also shared a gif that shows its latest update in action.

The lack of thumbnail previews made it hard to gauge the content of the video without clicking it, even though this technology has been available on some video sites for years now. If you are unable to have a look at the preview for a video within next two days it probably will not have a preview anytime soon.

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