YouTube started rolling out chats next to videos:

"Top chat replay" box showing chat messages from various users

This is often/always(?) open when I start playing a video.
It happens with live replays, recorded replays, and prerecorded videos (it is unclear to me when a video can have a chat).

Is there a setting to disable the chat, or have it start closed by default?


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You can with Ad Block Plus.

Add a filter


That will block the DIV that supports the chat.

  • As of April 2024, in addition to ###chat, it apparently also needs to block youtube.com###panels-full-bleed-container. Commented Apr 3 at 20:21

Click "Hide Chat" (Live) or "Hide Chat Replay" (Live Replay) at the bottom of the chat window:

As of 2020-12-16 there is no way to do this via the Youtube settings. Unfortunately just in the interface.


For normal youtube.com, there is currently no builtin or easy way to make the YouTube chat disable / hide / start hidden.

The "Disable Live chat" quote from YouTube Help in the previous answer is not relevant here, because it is help for people who upload the streams/videos, not for the people who play videos.

Updated 2023: This http://youtube.com/tv no longer works on desktop browser, just redirects to normal youtube. Per @andrew-t , thank you.

An interesting workaround that may work for some people is browsing the http://youtube.com/tv version of the site made for TVs. It is a simpler version of the site that strips many features, including chat for now.


You can use Improve YouTube! — an open-source browser extension that can tweak YouTube in various ways: such as hiding or collapsing various UI elements, like the “live chat” part of the UI (Chrome version / Firefox version).

After installing Improve YouTube!, hide or collapse the "live chat" in the right sidebar by clicking the extension's button → Appearance → Sidebar → Live chat → "Hidden" or "Collapsed." Settings screenshot:

screenshot of settings described above

Note: I have no affiliation with the "Improve YouTube!" browser extension in any way whatsoever. I'm just a regular user who wanted to share a solution to the OP's question about "hiding the YouTube chat window." I found this extension to be a relevant and helpful solution, since I also prefer to watch YouTube videos without the chat window.


Also... the old trick. Right Click on Chrome > Inspect ... select the code and delete.


I use the Clik to Remove Element extension on the Chrome browser. It works for me.


From YouTube Help:

Disable Live chat

You can disable Live chat at any time, even after the event has started.

  • Stream Now: Select the gear icon and uncheck the Enable live chat box.
  • Events: Go ;to Edit > Basic Info > Advanced Settings. Under "Chat," uncheck the Enable live chat box.
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    Aren't those options for live stream hosted by oneself instead of those watched? Commented Mar 21, 2019 at 8:43