If you want YouTube to stop automatically playing the next video, here’s how to disable YouTube autoplay and get your sanity back.
You may have noticed over the last few weeks that after you watch a YouTube video in the web browser, another related video will begin playing shortly afterward, even if the video you were watching isn’t part of a playlist.
This used to be an experimental feature that YouTube tried out on some of its users, but it’s now been a regular feature that has rolled out to all users, and if you’re like me, you hate the idea of autoplay.
On YouTube, a new video will begin playing about 10 seconds after the last one finishes. Something like this isn’t a huge deal if you usually close out the window right after you get done watching it, but if you’re someone who likes to stay on the page and read the comments after the video is done, it gets annoying when a new video automatically starts playing.
However, here’s how to disable autoplay on YouTube.
How to Disable YouTube Autoplay
Surprisingly, it’s really simple to disable the autoplay feature on YouTube, and it literally takes one click to do it.
When you get to a video that you want to watch, head toward the upper-right corner of the webpage and look for a blue toggle switch that says “Autoplay.” Simply click on that toggle switch to turn it off. From there on out, YouTube will no longer automatically play another video after you watched the initial one.
One thing to be aware of though is that YouTube saves this setting in a “cookie.” A cookie is simply a piece of information that a website gives your web browser and then it stores that information in a text file. The cookie is then sent back to the website every time your web browser visits it. Think of it as custom settings for a website, and disabling autoplay on YouTube is one of those custom settings.
The kicker is that whenever you reset cookies for your web browser, YouTube will lose those custom settings and autoplaying videos will make a reappearance until you go to disable the feature again.
Other YouTube Tips
Disabling autoplaying videos isn’t the only trick that you can do on YouTube. In fact, there are a whole bunch of neat things you can do on YouTube that you may not have thought were possible.
There’s also a trick to change the YouTube video quality manually on Android, rather than relying on the app to automatically determine the best quality, which isn’t entirely accurate most of the time.
Plus, on iPhone there are ways to “listen” to YouTube videos without having the video play, which can be great if you’re trying to save on data while on the go. This can be done in Safari with a neat little trick, or you can use third-party apps like Musi, which lets you browse YouTube videos, but will only play the audio in order to save bandwidth, which is perfect if you only want to hear the music of a music video.