How to Watch YouTube Videos in a Separate Pop-Out Player

Using a small and fantastic little extension/add-on for your browser, you can watch your YouTube videos in a separate, uncluttered and resizable pop-up window. Plus, there are a slew of other features included with the extension.

If you’re a power YouTube user, the Iridium extension is a must. We’re going to focus on the feature that allows you to watch a video in a separate window, but it’s absolutely worth reviewing the full list of features to get an idea of what Iridium can do.

  1. To install Iridium simply head to the Google Chrome Store extension page for Iridium or the Firefox Add-on page for Iridium and install it as you would any other extension/add-on.
  2. Once the installation has completed, a new icon will appear in your browser (see screenshot below). Give it a click.
  3. A new tab will open in your browser and display all of the Iridium settings. Towards the bottom of the General settings panel you’ll see a section titled Thumbnails. Confirm that Enable player pop-up is enabled and then close out of this tab (you can come back to check out all of the other settings/features in a bit).

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  5. Now head over to YouTube. The first time you open the site after installing Iridium you’ll be presented with a ‘thank you for installing’ screen. Click the close button to continue. Note: after you see how well this works and review the other features that it comes with, do at least consider donating to the developer.
  6. Locate a video – any video, and hover your cursor its thumbnail. In the bottom-right corner of the thumbnail a small icon that looks like two squares on top of each other will appear (see screenshot below). Click it.
  7. Ta-da! A small window will appear with your video playing inside of it. This browser window doesn’t have any toolbars, status bars or buttons – just the video. And it’s completely resizable, just click and drag a corner as you would any other window.
  8. If you’re already watching a video and you want to have it ‘pop-out’ you can do that too. Iridium adds a series of ‘new’ buttons below each video on YouTube. Locate that same “two squares on top of each other” icon and click it to switch to the pop-out player.
  9. Now that you’re able to watch YouTube content in a separate window, make sure to check out the rest of Iridiums features.

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3 thoughts on “How to Watch YouTube Videos in a Separate Pop-Out Player”

  1. I tried the extension, but it seems to break YouTube for me. I get endless buffering. Disabling the extension seems to fix the problem. :(

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