How to Make a YouTube Video Stop at a Certain Time

Woman stopping YouTube video

You’re watching your favorite YouTuber and they mention a topic that you’re really interested in. But then they move on to something else and you lose interest.

If only you could have skipped ahead to the part that you were interested in. Or, let’s say you’re watching a vlog, and the person talks for an hour about their day.

But, you only wanted to see the last 5 minutes where they go to the beach.

Again, if only you could have skipped ahead. Well, with YouTube’s Start Time and End Time feature, now you can!

Here’s how:

1. Load the YouTube video in your web browser and click on the “Settings” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Settings in YouTube

2. A menu will appear with various playback options. Select the “speed” option and choose 0.25x from the drop-down menu. This will make the video play four times slower than the normal speed.

Playback Speed

3. Press the “play” button and wait for the video to reach the point where you want it to stop.

4. Once the video has reached the desired spot, press the “pause” button.

5. Right-click on the paused video and select “Copy video URL at current time.” This will copy the URL of the specific spot in the video where it is paused.

6. Paste the URL into a new browser tab and hit enter. The video will start playing from that specific spot. You can then close out the original tab containing the entire video.

With this method, you can watch any section of a YouTube video without having to sit through all of it. This can be especially useful if you only want to watch a particular scene from a movie or listen to a certain part of a song.

So next time you’re looking to watch only a small portion of a YouTube video, use this method to easily stop it at any specific time!

How to Set YouTube Start Time and End Time

You may have come across a YouTube video that is exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s too long and you only want to watch a certain section. Or maybe you want to share a portion of a longer video with someone.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to set a start and end time for any YouTube video.

Simply add “?start=XX” (without the quotation marks) to the end of the URL, where XX is the number of seconds into the video that you want it to start.

You must use the embed URL from the video. The example below in the bold section and italics is what you need to use for the URL. Go to Share and then click on Embed.

Share button

Embed URL:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>

URL Set Up Start and Stop Time

For example, if a video has the URL:

The ?start=15 would make the video start at 15 seconds.

To specify an end time, add “?start=XX” as usual, but also add “&end=YY”, where YY is the number of seconds into the video that you want it to end.

So, using the same example URL as before, adding ?start=15&end=25 would make the video starts at 15 seconds and ends at 25 seconds.

You can also use this method to create a link that starts and ends at specific times; simply include both “&t=XX” and “&end=YY” in the URL.

Now that you know how to set specific start and end times for YouTube videos, you can easily watch or share only the sections that you’re interested in.

What is the Format of YouTube Embed Code?

The format of YouTube embed code is <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>.

The iframe element is used to embed external content, such as a video from YouTube, on a web page. The width and height attributes are used to set the size of the iframe, and the src attribute is used to specify the URL of the content to be embedded.

The frameborder attribute is used to specify whether or not the iframe should have a border, and the allowfullscreen attribute is used to specify whether or not the content should be allowed to fill the entire screen.

YouTube provides additional parameters that can be added to the URL to customize the embedded content, such as specifying the start time or playing in HD.


There you have it, the steps to follow in setting the YouTube video start time and end time is so simple and straightforward. This is a simple way of relaying information to others by means of video. 

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