How to turn off autoplay on YouTube

Georgina Smith
Man holding tablet with YouTube

YouTube’s autoplay feature allows users to have a constant stream of videos without needing to manually start a new video, but some may find the feature frustrating.

Despite the rise of other social media video platforms like TikTok, YouTube continues to be among one of the best ways to consume a range of long and short-form video content online.

The site has an autoplay feature that makes it even easier to watch content, as it will queue videos related to what you’re watching, and then automatically play them once the current video is done.

The feature can be pretty useful if you don’t want to have to click or tap each time you want to watch a new video, however, it can also be frustrating if it keeps playing things you aren’t interested in, or you want to stay on the same page once the video’s finished.

How to turn off YouTube autoplay on mobile

Fortunately, turning off autoplay is a simple process if you decide that you no longer want to use it. Simply do as follows:

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Click on a video.
  3. Tap the screen to show the options.
  4. Look for the slider at the top with the play button on it, and tap it once to turn autoplay off. When the feature is turned off, it should show a pause button.

How to turn off YouTube autoplay on your computer

Turning off autoplay on your computer is not all too different from turning it off on your phone. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the YouTube website.
  2. Click on a video.
  3. Hover over the video with your mouse to bring up the menu bar at the bottom.
  4. Click the slider with the play button on it to turn off autoplay. Once it’s off, it should show a pause symbol.

If you don’t want a video to autoplay, you can always click ‘cancel,’ but turning it off altogether could make it more convenient in the long run.

It’s important to note that YouTube users aged 13–17 automatically have auto-play turned Off by default. For users over the age of 18, auto-play is turned On by default.

If you’re using a supervised account, you may not have the option to turn on/off auto-play if your parent has turned off auto-play for you.

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