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.

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Open a YouTube Video

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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.

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Locate the Auto-play Toggle at the Bottom of the Video.

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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.

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Toggle the Auto-play switch to the ‘Off’ Position.

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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.

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Open YouTube and Locate Your Profile

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Step 2: Open Settings

After touching your profile icon, a menu of options will appear. From this list, press the ‘Settings’ option.

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Open Settings

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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.

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Open Auto-play settings

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Step 4: Toggle Auto-play Off

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Toggle Auto-play Off

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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.

Wrapping Up

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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How to Turn Off Autoplay on YouTube, Step by Step (with Photos) FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Why does auto-play keep turning on?

Auto-play is an automatic function, meaning YouTube has it switched on by default. You’ll have to disable it, but it should remain disabled as long as you keep your browser settings and cookies saved. Videos will keep playing, however, if you’re currently watching videos in a playlist.

When did YouTube introduce auto-play?

Google introduced the auto-play feature to YouTube in 2015.

Do I have to turn auto-play off on each device I use?

Unfortunately, yes you do. There used to be an option to turn auto-play off in your profile settings on a computer, and this would be extended across your account on all devices. But now you can only turn auto-play off on a computer at the bottom of a video. The bonus of this is you can have different auto-play settings on each device you use.

How long does auto-play remain active for?

If you’re inactive on your device and connected to a mobile network, auto-play will continue for 30 minutes of runtime. If you’re connected to Wi-Fi, auto-play will stop after four hours.

How does YouTube decide which videos to auto-play?

It’s mostly based on how you use YouTube and what videos you tend to watch. Google uses the Media Engagement Index (MEI) to measure how a user interacts with the media on YouTube. Certain actions signal to Google that you’re interested in a type of video. These include watching a video for longer than seven seconds and watching a video unmuted.

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