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When I go to a YouTube video, the video is automatically started, and I hate this. How do I disable the auto-play feature?

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migrated from superuser.com Jun 24 '12 at 5:55

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Google Chrome:

For users of Google Chrome, you can use the extension Stop Autoplay for YouTube. This extension will automatically turn off, disable and disable auto-play feature on YouTube, however this extension will not disable buffering.

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I will tell you from the beginning of hopefully can help

  1. Visit the YouTube website (youtube.com).

  2. Log in to your YouTube account.

  3. Click your account's pull-down menu, and then click "My Videos" to see a list of your YouTube video playlists.

  4. Click on a playlist. A page will open, showing a list of the videos in the playlist.

  5. Click on "Play All." The playlist tool bar will appear at the bottom of the page.

  6. Hover your mouse over the "Autoplay" button, which has two curved arrows forming a circle. A message will appear, saying "Turn Autoplay Off." Click on the "Autoplay" button to turn the autoplay feature off. Click it again to enable it.

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I don't have "My Videos" in the menu, so these instruction don't really work (though you can get to that button from any playlist anyway). Also, what you describe is a different "autoplay" which means the auto-advancement of the playlist. What it will do is stop the playlist from auto-playing the next song in the list, this is not the same as stopping every video on youtube from auto-playing. – Eran Jun 23 '12 at 8:56
It is a way to disable auto play youtube – Chuzein Part II Jun 23 '12 at 9:02
@ChuzeinPartII That method only disables playlist auto-playing. Not disabling it globally on every video without a playlist. – Adam543i Jun 24 '12 at 4:30

There is a Greasemonkey script for it, works very well.

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With Firefox you can use YouTube Control Center open source add-on to configure autoplay behavior and much more.

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Use this user script: YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads. It lets you disable autoplay, and also choose whether the video should buffer when the page loads. (The script also supports four other features, all about changing the playback settings of a video when you load its page.)

If you haven’t installed a user script before, they’re like browser extensions, but they depend on another browser extension to run. In Firefox, use Greasemonkey; in Chrome, per these instructions, either install Tampermonkey or drag the .user.js file into the Extensions tab.

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In Firefox, the excellent Flashblock extension (which will also hide tons of obnoxious ads) can be used to create a simple clickable icon out of any Flash videos. Just don't whitelist youtube.com, and you're good to go.

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