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I use YouTube to listen to music while I work. I usually leave a playlist going while I work in other tabs or other programs altogether.

Sometimes, I have yet to determine what triggers it, YouTube stops the playback and presents me with this message:

A prompt saying "video paused. continue watching?"

Is it possible to deactivate this behavior? Is there an option hidden somewhere in the YouTube account that allows me to avoid this nuisance?

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There are third party extensions like 'Continue Watching' for Chrome that can solve this.

YouTube doesn't offer this functionality natively, likely because this popup is a cost saving measure of some sort.

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