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How to Disable Autoplay on YouTube: 2023 Guide

Published August 11, 2023

The YouTube Autoplay feature is a handy tool for discovering new content on the platform. When you turn it on, YouTube automatically queues up videos that you might like, all in hopes of enhancing your viewing experience.

While this feature is useful when you’re listening to music or watching vlogs, it may also recommend clips that you are not interested in. Luckily, you can turn it off with just a few clicks and regain full control of the content you view. The following step-by-step guide will show you how.

Turn Off Autoplay on Desktop

To disable Autoplay on YouTube.com, you should:

  1. Open a video and play it.
  2. Hover your cursor over the video until the player options appear at the bottom.
  3. Find the Autoplay toggle next to the CC button.
  4. Switch it off.

Pro tip: In case you want Autoplay to stay on and just skip the next video in the queue, simply click Cancel on the screen as the countdown before the new clip begins.

Turn Off Autoplay in the YouTube App

On iOS and Android, turning off Autoplay is just as easy:

  1. Open YouTube and find a video to watch.
  2. Locate the player options at the top of the video.
  3. Toggle the Autoplay switch off.

You can also change your settings in the Menu section of the app. To do it, you should:

  1. Open YouTube.
  2. Select your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Go to Settings, and then tap Autoplay in the menu.
  4. Switch off the Mobile phone/Tablet option.

You can also use these steps to disable Autoplay on the YouTube app on your smart TV.

Some Tips to Keep in Mind

If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, the Autoplay feature will be automatically turned off for your channel. For unsupervised accounts, you can turn the feature on or off by following the steps above. However, if your profile is in restricted mode, you will not be able to change Autoplay settings on your own.

Moreover, it’s important to note that you can have different Autoplay settings on various devices using the same account. For example, you can turn off Autoplay on your phone or tablet but still have it on for the desktop site or your Smart TV. In case you want the settings to be the same on each device, you will have to adjust them manually.

If you found this guide helpful, why not read our post on how to cancel YouTube premium?

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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