Auto-play videos

The Auto-play feature on YouTube makes it easier to decide what to watch next. After you watch a YouTube video, we'll automatically play another related video based on your viewing history.

Auto-play won't start if you're connected to a mobile network and have been inactive for 30 minutes. On Wi-Fi, Auto-play will stop automatically after four hours. This prevents long Auto-play sessions that you might forget about.

Auto-play on your TV

Auto-play with the YouTube app on TV

  1. Open the YouTube app on your TV.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Scroll to Auto-play.
  4. Click the Auto-play box to turn Auto-play on or off.

Auto-play while casting to your TV

If you've connected your TV to your phone or tablet, you can use your device to control auto-play.

  1. Connect your mobile device to your TV device and pick a video to play. 
  2. Tap the control bar at the bottom of the screen to expand your queue and see your auto-play settings. 
  3. Use the toggle to turn auto-play off. 

How auto-play works on mobile

Auto-play is switched on by default. At the end of each video, you'll see a countdown that tells you what's going to play next. The countdown will automatically pause if you scroll down past the video player or start typing something, such as a comment or a search. You can also click Cancel on the countdown screen to prevent the next video from automatically playing.


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Turn auto-play off

Use the same instructions for the YouTube app and mobile site.

  1. Go to the Up Next section on the video page.
  2. Use the toggle at the top of the Up Next section to turn off auto-play.

Note: Auto-play will remain off until you turn it back on.


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