How To Stop Videos From Automatically Playing On Youtube

I used to find it quite frustrating when I would open YouTube to watch a specific video and suddenly, out of nowhere, another video would start playing automatically. Not only would it disrupt my browsing experience, but it would also consume unnecessary data and annoy those around me. So, I decided to dig deep and find a solution to this problem. In this article, I’ll share with you the methods I discovered to stop videos from automatically playing on YouTube, and how they have greatly improved my YouTube viewing experience.

The YouTube Homepage Autoplay

The first and most common scenario where videos start playing automatically is on the YouTube homepage. YouTube has a feature called “Autoplay” that enables videos to automatically start playing as you scroll down the page. To disable this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the YouTube homepage by typing “” in your web browser’s address bar.
  2. Once on the homepage, click on your profile picture located at the top right corner of the page. This will open a drop-down menu.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click on “Settings” to access your account settings.
  4. On the Settings page, click on “Autoplay” in the left sidebar.
  5. You will see a toggle switch labeled “Autoplay on Home.” Click on the switch to turn it off. The switch will turn gray when it’s disabled.
  6. Now, videos should no longer start playing automatically on the YouTube homepage.

Disabling Autoplay on YouTube Videos

Another scenario where videos may start playing automatically is when you click on a specific video to watch it. Sometimes, YouTube automatically plays the next video in a playlist or a recommended video after the one you initially selected. To disable this autoplay feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open YouTube and search for any video you want to watch.
  2. Once the video starts playing, click on the “Settings” icon (gear icon) located at the bottom right corner of the video player.
  3. In the settings menu, you will find an option called “Autoplay.” Click on it to disable autoplay.
  4. The “Autoplay” option will turn gray when it’s disabled. From now on, YouTube will no longer automatically play the next video.

Using Browser Extensions

If you want a more customizable solution, you can consider using browser extensions to stop videos from automatically playing on YouTube. These extensions offer additional features and control over your YouTube experience. Here are a few popular browser extensions you can try:

These extensions allow you to customize various aspects of YouTube, including autoplay settings, video quality, and more. Simply install the extension of your choice and follow the instructions provided to configure the autoplay settings according to your preferences.

Wrapping Up

By following the steps above to disable autoplay features on the YouTube homepage, individual videos, or using browser extensions, you can regain control over your YouTube experience and prevent videos from playing automatically. Implementing these methods has made a significant difference in the way I enjoy YouTube, allowing me to watch videos on my own terms and without any unwanted surprises. So, give them a try and enjoy a more personalized and seamless YouTube experience!