YouTube adds Autoplay feature for videos on your Home screen

A new feature is rolling out to the Android version of YouTube. It's called 'Autoplay on Home' and it automatically plays videos while you're browsing on the Home screen of YouTube.

The feature, which has been in testing since October, allows you to see a muted version of the topmost video on your Home screen while browsing. There will also be a waveform in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail that will indicate if there is sound or not. This feature is somewhat similar to one on the desktop version of YouTube, where hovering over a video with your mouse would play a preview of it. 

As the name suggests, 'Autoplay on Home' is only available on your Home screen of the YouTube app and videos won't play if you're in the Subscription, Trending, or any of the other tabs. Worth noting is that 'Autoplay on Home' won't start if you're already playing a picture-in-picture video.

You can configure 'Autoplay on Home' by going into Settings --> Autoplay-->Autoplay on Home. Keep in mind the feature might not be available for your device yet, as it has just begun rolling out worldwide.



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I found it annoying, disable it the first time I saw it.

2. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

How about PiP on the ipad!!??

3. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Not a feature at all. Just a plain PITA.

5. Rager722 unregistered

And we still can't get dark mode on Android yet iOS has it on a Google app??

6. fyah_king unregistered

I’ve been using it since I love it, especially for my kids. They can’t read so it’s very convenient for them when watching cartoons.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How about removing those annoying ads everytime I watch a youtube video?

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