The Auto-play feature on YouTube is a convenient feature most of the time. YouTube will automatically queue content so that your viewing is uninterrupted. It can be really useful for videos to keep on playing, especially if you’re listening to music. But sometimes, the feature can be annoying, particularly if the next video is completely unrelated to what you came to watch. The videos that are played also get added to your history. This means if you do want to watch the video at a later date, it resumes from where it left off last time. It’s easy to see why this could be annoying and unwanted. In that case, there’s an easy way to turn off the Auto-play feature. So, let’s get into it.
How to Turn Off Auto-play on YouTube on a Computer
Turning off auto-play is probably simpler than you think. Follow these steps below and you can’t go wrong.
Step 1: Open a YouTube Video
First, navigate to the YouTube website and click on a video of your choice.
Step 2: Locate the Auto-play Toggle at the Bottom of the Video
Once you’ve chosen a video, look along the bottom of the video and you should see the Auto-play switch.
Step 3: Toggle the Auto-play switch to the ‘Off’ Position
Click the Auto-play switch and it should move to the left. ‘Auto-play is off’ will be displayed if you hover the cursor over the switch.
How to Turn Off Auto-play on YouTube on a Mobile Device
Luckily, you can also turn off the auto-play feature if you’re using YouTube on a portable device such as your phone or tablet. There are two different ways to do this, one of which is identical to the previous process. But there is another way, by going into your profile settings.
Step 1: Open YouTube and Locate Your Profile
Go to the YouTube app and look out for your profile icon in the top right-hand corner.
Step 2: Open Settings
After touching your profile icon, a menu of options will appear. From this list, press the ‘Settings’ option.
Step 3: Open Auto-play settings
A new menu of options will be brought up. Touch the ‘Auto-play’ option which should be near the top.
Step 4: Toggle Auto-play Off
Once you’re in this menu, there will be a prompt called ‘Mobile phone/tablet’ or ‘Auto-play next video’. Either way, press the toggle so the switch moves to the left and grays out. Auto-play will now be turned off.
In summary, turning off auto-play is quite easy to do once you know how. Luckily, YouTube has the handy auto-play switch at the bottom of every video, whether you’re viewing on a computer browser or your mobile device. This is the easiest way to turn auto-play on and off. If you’d rather keep it on and use it at your discretion, you can also simply stop the next video from playing. Once your current video has ended, you can click the cancel button to stop the next video from starting.
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