YouTube studies your behavior and the way you interact with the platform on mobile or desktop. It then uses the information to suggest new and relevant videos. Combine that with the autoplay feature, and YouTube can keep you busy for hours at a time. And you can keep watching videos one after another until autoplay suddenly stops working.
I noticed my gym owner playing his favorite song on YouTube and then relying on the autoplay feature while working out. The autoplay feature works in many situations. Let’s find out what could be the possible reason for this error and how to fix it.
1. Autoplay is disabled
By default, the autoplay option is enabled for most users. At least that was enabled for me. You can activate it manually when watching a video. It is also not necessary to open the settings.
Play your favorite video and you should notice the Autoplay toggle button in the top right corner of the screen. It should appear blue when activated.
The same goes for the smartphone app, where the autoplay button is visible just below the video you’re playing.
There’s also a dedicated option buried deep in the settings of YouTube’s mobile app. Go to Settings> Autoplay to turn it on.
Sometimes disabling and re-enabling the option is also helpful.
2. Firefox Policy
Firefox users would have noticed that the browser blocks the autoplay of all or part of the media with its default. Firefox has explained in detail how this setting works and everything you can do to change this default behavior with screenshots.
I suggest you go for the second option where you can change YouTube autoplay settings at the site level rather than allowing all sites to automatically play media files all the time. You can also change these settings later.
3. Disable Adblocker
I am using uBlock Origin, and so far it has not given me any headaches. You might be using another ad blocker that could block YouTube’s autoplay feature.
Disable the extension and check whether YouTube’s autoplay feature works or not. If so, you need to change the settings to allow autoplay for YouTube or add it to the whitelist. The options vary depending on the extension you are using. I do not recommend not to use adblocker. They are essential.
4. Private browsing mode
The purpose of using Incognito or Private mode on your browser is to find out if there is a possible conflict. Any of the installed extensions could interrupt functionality. If autoplay works in YouTube in incognito mode, you can find the culprit by activating one extension at a time to find which one is causing the error.
5. Update / downgrade or use a different browser
A recent browser update may have stopped the autoplay feature. An easy way to check this is to download and use a different browser. If your worst fears are confirmed, there are things you can do.
The first is to update to the latest version of your favorite browser. Most popular browsers have a way to check the version and update the app in settings somewhere. You can also download it from their official website.
Wait, the last update was responsible for the error. In this case, you can try downgrading the browser to a previous version and check if that helps.
Finally, use a different browser until a fix is released. Or you can try Firefox, Chrome, don’t forget to report the problem.
6. Disable mute playback
This is for smartphone users. You need to turn off the “Mute in streams” option in the settings area of the YouTube app. You will find the setting under Settings> General.
It is not necessary to save anything. Check again whether or not autoplay is working in the YouTube app.
7. Update or reinstall the application
There are two old but often useful methods that smartphone owners can try to solve this problem. One is to update the app to the latest version and the other is to reinstall the app. This often fixes common bugs and errors.
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YouTube can be very addicting like other social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok. That said, you can use YouTube to learn, understand, and grow in a positive way. And then all those music videos make the auto play feature even more meaningful. But you don’t want it to be activated all the time. Guess that’s why Google made it so simple by including the option just below the video screen.
As always, share your opinions in the comments section below or if you’ve found another way to fix YouTube autoplay not working error.
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Last updated Sep 14, 2020
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