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How to turn off YouTube autoplay videos

Autoplay is a controversial feature. If you just can't stand it, here's how to turn off YouTube autoplay on the home page and as you watch videos.

Published onMarch 1, 2019

This week Google brought autoplay videos to the homepage in the YouTube app. Whether or not you think this is a good idea is beside the point, as the feature is here and there’s nothing we can do about it.

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However, Google took mercy on us and at least gave us the ability to turn off YouTube autoplay. Additionally, you may not know that you can also turn off YouTube autoplay when you’re watching videos, so another video doesn’t start to play when your current video is over.

Here’s how to turn off YouTube autoplay for both situations.

How to turn off YouTube autoplay even if you’re watching a video

Step 1: Open up the YouTube app. If this is your first time opening it since the autoplay rollout, you might see a notification like the one at the bottom of my screen:

youtube app open screen

Step 2: If you see that notification, you can either hit “Got It” and it will go away, or click “Settings” and it will take you to the area where you can turn off YouTube autoplay. For those of you that got the notification, hit “Settings” and skip ahead two paragraphs. For those of you that didn’t, click your avatar icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.

turn off youtube autoplay settings got it button

Step 3: After clicking your avatar icon, you’ll be taken to your account page. Yours might look a bit different if you don’t subscribe to YouTube Red, but similar options will be on your page. Hit the “Settings” link.

turn off youtube autoplay settings link

Step 4: Once you’re on the Settings page, it’s pretty obvious what to do next. Hit the “Autoplay” option.

turn off youtube autoplay hit autoplay option

Step 5: This is where you can turn off YouTube autoplay. The first option on the list is for controlling whether or not YouTube plays another video after you’ve finished watching one. I personally dislike this feature, so I have that toggled off.

The second option is how to turn off YouTube autoplay on the homepage. There’s no toggle though, so tap the text and you’ll see this notification box:

turn off youtube autoplay options

Notes: “Always On” is the default option. If you select “Wi-Fi Only,” videos will autoplay on the homepage but not if you’re on a cellular data connection. Autoplaying videos eats up bandwidth, which is one of the leading complaints about the feature in general, so this option is likely to appease a lot of detractors.

Of course, the last option is to turn off YouTube autoplay entirely. If that’s what you’re looking for, go ahead and select that.

And that’s it! While the autoplay feature might not be your cup of tea, good on Google for giving us the option to turn it off. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t remove the option somewhere down the line.

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