How To Reduce YouTube Distractions

Tip A Day #22

Okay, so you’re on YouTube watching your favorite show, Geek Beat, but you’re constantly being distracted by everything AROUND the video. All you want to do is watch the video, and then after it’s done you want to explore the site to see what else there is. Am I right? Here’s how you get rid of the distractions.

Use a browser extension called Turn Off the Lights. There are lots of options, but this is the one I use.

They have versions for most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera.

Step 1 Choose the browser you use.

Step 2 Download and install.

Step 3 When you’re watching a video, click the lightbulb button at the top of your browser.

The background will go dark so you can focus on the video. When you’re ready to see the site again, just click anywhere on the page.

The one downside is that you can’t pause and rewind while the extension is active. But it is free!


  1. Chcuk says

    I prefer Magic Actions for YouTube for Chrome. Not only does it darken the area around the video on Youtube, it also allows to preset specific things when the page refreshes such as a specific video quality, a specific video size and whether to start automatically or not. Dont believe it works on other video channels but then I don’t really use any other website besides youtube. I get enough content from there.