16 responses

  1. Romeo Soroka
    October 29, 2016

    It doesn’t work. Still autoplay….

  2. John
    October 29, 2016

    doesn’t work… any other suggestions?

    • Cold Packer
      October 31, 2016

      John, it works. The switch toggles autoplay off and on, it is a YouTube feature.

      • Max Memory
        December 26, 2016

        No, it doesn’t work. It stops the next video from autoplaying, but try having a couple YouTube tabs open in Safari, then switching to another window so they’re not in the foreground. Now quit Safari and restart it.
        One of those YouTube tabs will autoplay a video, or autoplay an ad. This even happens when on someone’s channel homepage.
        It doesn’t happen every time, but about every second time when restarting Safari.

  3. Dale
    October 29, 2016

    Works for me!

  4. Jdh
    October 29, 2016

    When I do that either replace anyway or the next time I go to the page it’s turned back on again. Very user hostile!

    • junebeetle
      October 29, 2016

      Perhaps you are in an “incognito” or “private browsing” mode, or you have cookies disabled?

      It works for me.

  5. junebeetle
    October 29, 2016

    Yep, this has worked fine for me as long as I can remember autoplay being a thing.

    Not exactly a macOS specific tip though… :)

  6. Bev in TX
    October 29, 2016

    Thank you so much! That’s another aggravation done away with :-).

    For me it stopped automatically loading and playing a new different video. The original video still autoplays, but at least it stops when done.

  7. John R
    October 29, 2016

    I tried saving cookies created as I turn off autoplay. Has absolutely NO EFFECT upon saving setting in YouTube. YouTube will not save the setting in Sierra 10.12.1, nor saving the cookies created as any effect. YouTube is a sad harassment one must endure to view videos.

  8. UglyStuff
    October 30, 2016

    I’ve noticed that this tip works when you don’t want the NEXT video in the proposed list to start playing after the one you selected is concluded, but it doesn’t preclude THAT first video from auto-playing, at least, it never has for me…

    Each browser has a setting to prevent that, or offers extensions that do, such as Flash Control for Firefox.

    In Firefox, you can also choose to set “media.autoplay.enabled” to false via about:config.

  9. User
    October 30, 2016

    I believe this setting only affects the playlist, not the video on the current screen. If I’ve made my way to YouTube, it can reasonably expected that I want to watch videos.

    What’s infuriating are sites that embed YouTube-hosted videos on their pages, and *they* begin to autoplay after a link is clicked. A different context and not a desirable result, especially when a number of tabs are loaded in the background.

    That requires Firefox’s media setting, or an extension to thwart. For me, it also has the side effect of having to quickly pause and resume a video when I actually do want to watch a video, which is irritating in itself.

    Some sites respect their users when it comes to things like this, or obtrusive advertising.

    Most still don’t a clue, or don’t care, so countermeasures are still required to browse the modern web.

  10. Pyrrho
    October 30, 2016

    This doesn’t prevent auto play on video load but instead auto play of next video. Still, the UI controller isn’t exactly hidden. What next, an article how to stop a video by clicking on the stop button? :)

  11. Sebby
    October 30, 2016

    What I’d love to see is a global in Safari to disable autoplay and autoload (prefetch) of HTML5 videos, just like on iOS.

    Yeah, not holding my breath …

  12. amber gray
    March 17, 2017

    I have the ‘disable you tube autoplay’ extension on chrome. It worked fine until today, now they are playing automatically. The autoplay bar IS switched to off, and in grey not blue; and the disable autoplay extension is still set to ON. Nothing has changed… nothing. I have given my feedback but there is no one to actually sort this out… tearing hair out. :(

  13. john
    April 15, 2017

    The switches you describe are not displayed on my Safari 10.0.3 on any YouTube page. Only the “Up Next” switch appears below where you’ve described

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