7 Best Fixes for YouTube Autoplay Not Working Error

7 Best Fixes for YouTube Autoplay Not Working Error

YouTube studies your behavior and how you interact with the platform on mobile or desktop. It uses this information to suggest new and relevant videos. Combined with the autoplay feature, YouTube can keep you busy for hours. You can continue watching videos back to back until autoplay suddenly stops working.

I noticed my gym owner playing his favorite song on YouTube and relying on the autoplay feature while working out. The autoplay feature works in many situations. Let’s find out the possible reason behind this error and how to fix it.

1. Autoplay Is Disabled

By default, autoplay is enabled for most users. It was enabled for me too. You can manually enable it while watching a video. No need to open settings.

Simply play your favorite video and you’ll see the Autoplay toggle button on the upper right corner of the screen. It appears blue when enabled.

The same goes for the smartphone app, where the Autoplay button is visible right below the video.

There is also an option in the Settings on YouTube’s mobile app. Go to Settings > Autoplay to toggle it.

Sometimes, turning the option off and on again also helps.

2. Firefox’s Policy

Firefox users are aware of the browser’s default block on autoplaying media with sound. Firefox provides a detailed explanation and screenshots of how to modify this setting. I recommend selecting the second option, enabling you to customize autoplay settings for YouTube on a per-site basis, rather than allowing media to autoplay on all sites at all times. These settings can be adjusted at a later time as well.

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3. Disable Adblocker

I am using uBlock Origin, and it is not causing me any headaches. You may be using a different adblocker that is blocking the autoplay feature of YouTube. Disable the extension and check if the YouTube autoplay feature works. If it does, you need to tweak the settings to allow autoplay for YouTube or whitelist it. The options will vary depending on the extension you are using. I recommend using an adblocker. They are a must.

4. Incognito Mode

Using Incognito or Private mode on your browser helps identify conflicts with installed extensions. If autoplay works inside YouTube in Incognito mode, enable extensions one at a time to identify the one causing the error.

5. Update/Downgrade or Use Different Browser

A recent browser update may have broken autoplay functionality. To check, download and use another browser. If confirmed, take these steps:

1. Update to the latest browser version. Most popular browsers have an option to check and update the app in settings. Alternatively, download from the official site.

2. If the latest update caused the error, try downgrading to a previous version.

3. Use a different browser until a fix is released. Consider trying Firefox or Chrome. Remember to report the issue.

6. Turn Off Muted Playback

For smartphone users, turn off the ‘Muted playback in feeds’ option in the YouTube app settings. This can be found under Settings > General.

7 Best Fixes for YouTube Autoplay Not Working Error

No need to save anything. Just check if autoplay is working in the YouTube app.

7. Update or Reinstall App

Smartphone owners can try two methods to solve this issue: updating the app to the latest version or reinstalling it. This often solves common bugs and errors.

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You Inside a Tube

YouTube can be as addictive as other social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok. However, you can use YouTube to learn, understand, and grow positively. These music videos make the autoplay feature even more meaningful, but you don’t want it enabled all the time. Google made it simple by embedding the option below the video screen.

Share your thoughts in the comments or if you found another way to fix YouTube’s autoplay feature not working error.

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