How To Disable YouTube’s “Next Video Auto Play” & “Gray Bar”

by Urgo on August 2, 2010

YouTube recently added a ‘feature’ that whenever you watch a video from certain locations such as the homepage or from your subscriptions – a little gray bar at the bottom of the screen appears and auto-play’s the next video once the one you are watching finishes.  YouTube won’t let you turn this off but there is good news – there is an unofficial workaround!

While some users will find this useful as it turns their Youtube experience into a more TV-like experience, it has also really upset a vast number of people.

The problem is you have to opt out of the autoplay every single time you open a new video, and are unable to opt out of the gray bar.  The reasons for YouTube having this new feature is unclear, the assumption is by giving the user less control means they’ll be more likely to stay engaged on the site longer & watch more videos.

The issue with this though is if you were typing a comment or wanted to type a comment before watching another video your text is lost as your browser auto loads the next video as soon as the one you are watching has ended.  Also, if you are saving longer videos for when you have more time they will be no longer be marked as unwatched.

Fortunately, with the help of  FireFox (and other browsers) there is an extension called  a Greasemonkey, until YouTube releases an official fix, you can have the ability with the use of this script to get back to your regular YouTube experience.

Here is what you need to do to get this work around in place:

Step 1a) FireFox Users, install Greasemonkey
Step 1b) IE users there’s a version for you too
Step 1c) Sarafi users check this page out
Step 1d) Chrome users, your browser is already compatible!

Step 2) Install this greasemonkey script

Step 3) No more autoplay or gray bar!!!

These three easy steps can have you surfing YouTube the way your use to and for 2,546 already who prefer it – let your voice be heard – after all, you are the viewer, contributer and user of YouTube.

[UPDATE 8/2/2010 10:30pm EDT: It appears that as a result of this story hitting digg earlier in the day and the video getting so much traction Autoplay has been disabled by default!  Great work everyone!]

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Enjuaguese August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

If anyone has Firefox 4.0 Beta, this won’t work.

Urgo August 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I’m still using stable firefox but can you use nightly tester tools & force install greasemonkey in FF 4 beta? Thats worked in past betas/rc’s.

me August 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Just to let you know, Opera is already compatible as well

Preferences/Advanced/Content/Javascript Options/ Choose user javascript folder

Then go to the script download link, right click, save linked content as, save in folder chosen earlier

me August 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

EDIT: its Tools/Preferences etc

Bryan August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Your comment argument isn’t a very good one. Youtube as a whole is better off with 99% of their commenters being unable to post a single thing.

prajeesh August 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Bro, I just seeing this option …. lemme try this is working on my browser 🙂 anyways thank u for showing this option

Malaguy January 25, 2011 at 2:03 am

I really find this information useful. Many times we have limited internet balance and at such times automated video opening can make use of MBs. Thats the reason why this act will save my internet balance.

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