YouTube videos default to auto-play on load, as well as automatically loading an playing a new different video in the playlist after the first video has completed. Some users may like YouTube video autoplaying, but some users may not.
If you want to turn off auto play on YouTube, or turn video auto play back on with YouTube, this is how you can do that on any desktop operating system and any web browser.
Disabling AutoPlay Video on YouTube
- Go to any YouTube.com video in a web browser as usual (for example, you can click this link to open a simple short youtube video)
- Once the YouTube video has started playing, look in the right-hand side for a small “Autoplay” switch and toggle that to the OFF position to stop auto playing videos
Another option is to click on the Gear icon of a playing YouTube video, and toggle “Autoplay” off from there.
Once you turn off auto play video, it will impact not just the current YouTube video but all other YouTube videos you watch from the same logged in YouTube account or on the computer with the same browser and cookies. And yes that also applies to watching a video in Mac picture-in-picture mode.
For what it’s worth, you can turn off video auto play but still have an existing video loop that is already playing by using the right-click method detailed here on how to loop YouTube videos.
From the mobile side of things, there is not a direct way to stop auto play from the web browser, but in iOS YouTube app you can toggle the same “Autoplay” switch to be off or on.