YouTube terms


A feature that automatically plays a new video after the current one ends.

What is autoplay in YouTube?

Autoplay in YouTube is a feature that automatically plays a suggested video immediately after the completion of the video you are currently watching. The suggested video is selected based on the algorithm of YouTube which takes into account the videos you have watched before, your search history, and popular videos among other users with similar viewing habits.

This feature is designed to provide a continuous viewing experience, eliminating the need for users to manually search and select each video. However, it can be turned on or off according to the user's preference. When autoplay is enabled, a blue toggle appears on the top right corner of the video player indicating its active status.

How do I turn on Autoplay in YouTube?

To turn on Autoplay in YouTube, you first need to open the YouTube app or website and start playing a video. Once the video is playing, you will see an Autoplay toggle switch on the right side of the video player, just below the Up Next section. If you're using a mobile device, the Autoplay toggle is located under the video player.

Simply click or tap on this toggle to turn Autoplay on or off. When Autoplay is on, a blue check will appear on the toggle. Please note that Autoplay will play suggested videos related to the one you just watched. Also, Autoplay may not function when you're watching children's content or if it's turned off in your device's settings.

Why is Autoplay not working on YouTube?

Autoplay may not be working on YouTube due to a variety of reasons. One common issue could be the settings on your device or YouTube app. Autoplay might be turned off in your settings, so you should check to ensure that it is enabled. If you're using YouTube on a browser, it could also be due to browser settings or extensions that are blocking the Autoplay feature.

Another reason could be related to your internet connection. If your connection is slow or unstable, YouTube might disable Autoplay to ensure a smoother streaming experience. Additionally, YouTube's Autoplay feature also considers your watch history and video engagement to suggest and play the next video. If there's not enough data or if the algorithm can't find a suitable next video based on your activity, Autoplay might not work.

How do I stop Autoplay on YouTube?

To stop Autoplay on YouTube, you need to navigate to the settings on the platform. If you're using a computer, start a video and look to the top right of the screen. You will see a toggle switch labeled "Autoplay." Simply click on this switch to turn off the Autoplay feature. The switch will turn from blue to gray, indicating that Autoplay has been disabled.

If you're using the YouTube app on a mobile device, the process is slightly different. While watching a video, tap on the screen to make the video controls visible. Then, look for the Autoplay switch at the top of the screen, just above the "Up next" section. Tap on the switch to turn off Autoplay. Remember, these changes will only apply to the device you're currently using. If you switch devices, you'll need to adjust the Autoplay settings again.

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