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How to turn autoplay on or off on YouTube

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April 29, 2022

We’ve all been there. You’re watching YouTube and, once your video ends, another seemingly unrelated video recommended by YouTube begins automatically. This feature, known as autoplay, is a function that you can turn on or off at will.

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To turn autoplay off on YouTube, click a video to start playing it and hover your mouse over the main video area. The autoplay slider is located in the video controls; click it to turn the function on or off.


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What is autoplay on YouTube?

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Autoplay is YouTube’s way of getting you to watch more content continuously. Instead of stopping playback at the end of the video you started watching of your own volition, YouTube’s algorithm picks either a video containing content related to your current video or a video related to your watch history. This video will then “autoplay,” or play automatically.

How to enable or disable autoplay on YouTube

Android & iOS

To find the autoplay controls, go to any video you want and start playing it on the YouTube app. Tap anywhere on the video to reveal the controls.

press autoplay on any video on mobile
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The autoplay slider is located along the top, next to the Cast, Subtitles/CC, and Settings buttons. If it has a play triangle in the middle and the slider is on the right, then Autoplay is on. If the slider is on the left and has the pause lines in the middle, then Autoplay is off.

Tap the slider to toggle the function on or off.

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Desktop

Go to YouTube and start playing a video.

start playing a video on youtube
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Move your mouse over the video to reveal the playback controls.

move your mouse over the main display area of the video on youtube
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The autoplay slider is located along the bottom, next to the Cast, Subtitles/CC, and Settings buttons.

click the autoplay slider to change its position
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If the slider is on the right and it has a play triangle in the middle, then Autoplay is on. If the slider is on the left and has the pause lines in the middle, that means Autoplay is off.

Click the slider to toggle the function on or off.

click autoplay slider to turn it on
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