YouTube Testing Autoplaying Videos in Mobile App Home Screen
Oct 11, 2017 3:45 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Google is reportedly testing a new feature for the YouTube app in which featured videos on the home screen start to play without the user's permission.

According to AndroidCentral, some users are seeing the first video featured in the Home section automatically play as soon as they open the YouTube app, with subtitles replacing the muted audio.

The video starts from the beginning and plays all the way through if the user allows it, while scrolling further down the Home section causes subsequent videos to also autoplay as they appear on the screen.

While the default behavior is obviously intended to give users a preview of the contents of featured videos, the experimental feature is likely to be seen by some as a distraction, bad news for mobile data limits, or a drain on battery life.

Fortunately, it looks like the autoplay feature can be turned off in Account -> Settings -> General, where a new "Play as you browse" toggle has been added. Toggling the feature also brings up an additional option to only allow autoplay when connected to WiFi, which should go some way to assuage concerns about the feature eating up data allowances.

It's not clear if or when the autoplay feature will be rolled out to all mobile users, but we'll keep an eye out for it in future updates to the official YouTube iOS app.

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9 months ago
Google and their pushy ad selling nonsense. It’s getting old very very quickly.
Rating: 14 Votes
9 months ago
No. I don't want autoplaying videos on my phone.
Rating: 12 Votes
9 months ago
Is there anyone that likes autoplay videos with audio?
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago
Stop trying to waste my time Google!
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
They need to disable the auto-playing of the next random video after a video a watch. There’s no control for this. Annoying in the extreme.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago

Is there anyone that likes autoplay videos with audio?

Advertisers.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago

Is there anyone that likes autoplay videos with audio?


* cell phone partners that make more money on data burn
* advertisers who pay up in hopes you'll watch their message then buy their product
* video creators with business models dependent on advertising, because that's how they get paid to make the videos
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
All these app behaviors running in the background using all our data. I got no problem with that as long that others can turn it on and off. By default it should be off then the user has the choice prompted with warning of possible data overage. My problem is that Apple still put restrictions on downloads despite my unlimited plan.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
Why oh why... I do not want autoplay!!! Apple is doìng everything it can to remove that annoying autoplay, and other company are doing the exact opposite?
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
They know that autoplaying videos annoys everyone but keeps user engagement high, and thus increases time-in-app and potential ad revenue. And they also know that no matter how irked you may be, most users will not delete YouTube and stop using the site.

That’s the situation we are in folks. These companies design their UIs for their ad partners, not their users anymore.
Rating: 2 Votes

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