How To Control The Audio And Video Scrubbing Speed On Your iPhone

Sometimes you've got a long movie, podcast, or audiobook on your iPhone and need to rewind or fast-forward to a specific point. Scrubbing close to that point in the audio or video is easy enough, but it's imprecise. Fortunately there's a shortcut that'll give you fine control over the speed at which you scrub through your iPhone's media content. Here's how it works.

The video above will give you a nice visual demonstration, but here's the gist. When you scrub through audio and video, you tap the little dot on the music or video's progress bar and move your finger left or right to rewind or fast-forward (respectively). If you move your finger down, however, you'll adjust the speed at which you scrub. For example, leaving your finger all the way at the top results in the high-speed scrubbing that you're used to. Moving it a bit further down will reduce that speed by half. A little further will give you a quarter of the regular speed and all the way down will allow you to scrub very precisely. This level of precision isn't always necessary, but it's definitely helpful when you're dealing with long-form content and need to get back to an exact point.

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    Figured this out a few days after getting my ipad. It's a very nice, clever feature.

    Not exactly news since iOS actually tells you to do that.

      Damn!!! They never rang me and told me. :(

    Dig this feature alot, but does anyone know how to 'bookmark' or add chapters to videos to skip ahead without the need of scrubbing to a position?

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