How to Stop Auto-Playing Videos in YouTube’s Home Feed

Nancy Messieh 08-06-2018

YouTube recently rolled out a new feature to its Android app that can get pretty annoying: auto-playing videos in the home feed. You may have noticed that as you scroll through your YouTube home feed in the Android app, videos automatically start playing while muted.

The feature is similar to when you hover over a video on a YouTube video thumbnail in your browser and it loops a few seconds of the content. Except on your phone, it just keeps going and adds closed captions.

So, technically, if you’re a glutton for punishment, you could just watch that tiny video from the home screen, without the audio and read the captions instead.

While some people like it and it might be a useful way to see the first few seconds of a video and decide if you want to watch it or not, here are some complaints worth noting.

  • It can use up your data if you don’t have it set to WiFi only
  • If you decide to watch the video, you’ll have to scrub back to the beginning of the video if you want to see it with sound.
  • It can drain your battery.
  • Most significantly, if you watch for too long (which by YouTube’s standards appears to be over 10 seconds) the video is added to your watch history.

By adding these videos to your watch history, it means that pausing for a few seconds too long while scrolling could also adversely affect your YouTube recommendations.

How to Stop Auto-Playing Videos in the YouTube App

Turning off the feature or setting it to WiFi only is thankfully a very easy process:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
  2. Tap Settings > Autoplay > Autoplay on Home.
  3. You can either select Off to turn it off entirely, or Wi-Fi only to ensure that it doesn’t eat up your data.

While we may not be fans of this feature in particular, there are a ton of other great features packed into the YouTube Android app The Best YouTube Tricks and Tips for Android The YouTube app for Android can do a lot more than you might think. Here are a few of our favorite YouTube tricks and tips for your phone. Read More that are worth checking out. If you’re looking for more YouTube tips, check out this post on how to share YouTube videos quickly.

Related topics: Troubleshooting, YouTube.

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  1. Think
    June 23, 2020 at 4:33 am

    There is no "autoplay at home" to toggle.
    Am on google pixel 3 phone

  2. Actually,
    December 1, 2019 at 2:41 am

    For those looking at this and not finding the settings listed:
    1. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner
    2. Tap Settings > General > Muted Playback in Feeds
    There, you can select "Off" to turn it off entirely, Wi-Fi only, so it doesn't use up data, or Always On so you see the video previews.

    At least, that's how I fixed it on my phone just now, hope this helps!

    • Think
      June 23, 2020 at 4:34 am

      Thank you immensely!

  3. BlockedBlock
    November 5, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I have the iPhone app and this feature was recently added there too. The issue is, I don’t have the ‘Autoplay on Home’ option, even if I switch to Incognito mode. Any help?

    • Cyril
      November 30, 2019 at 9:21 am

      The option while in incognito mode is "muted playback in feeds". I have this option on Android. Maybe it also exists on iOS.

  4. Bullshit
    June 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    These settings don't exist. Stop posting lies

    • Joseph
      July 10, 2019 at 3:57 am

      Enter incognito mode and check the settings. It should be there, and when you exit incognito, the setting will be off.

  5. Sandy Robertson
    January 17, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    The problem I'm finding on my s8 is this: I turned off autoplay in settings and it STILL has made NO difference!!! Wtf?! Very infuriating.

  6. Guadalupa
    December 21, 2018 at 4:54 am

    THANK YOU. That feature was nice up until I realized I had to rewind to the beginning if I clicked on the video. After the first 5 mins it was just a nuisance bc I wanted to see the thumbnails and read the titles but the video would play and be distracting. I'm so glad theres a way to turn it off.

  7. Plasmastorm73
    December 13, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Thank you.

  8. Ian
    September 24, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Enter incognito mode. Check the settings once in incognito mode. The option to turn off auto play on the home screen is now available. Turn that bad boy off. Exit incognito mode. Enjoy no autoplay on the home screen. Giddy up.

  9. Lenn
    September 21, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    So when is the Autoplay on Home option going to show up on my Android device? That autoplay on home feed is driving me nuts. So annoying!!!

  10. Eric
    September 19, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I don't have the Autoplay on Home setting.

    • Gary
      September 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Me neither - its SO annoying !!!!

      • DianaD
        September 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm

        Me neither..... Ugh....i hate this, it's so distracting

        • No autoplay
          September 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

          Go into incognito mode. Once in incognito mode, go to settings... Autoplay....the option for the Settings > Autoplay > Autoplay on Home Is now available. Turn it off! Exit incognito mode. Autoplay on Home is now off. Giddy up