YouTube is testing autoplaying videos in its Android app

Don't you just love it when you're scrolling through your Facebook feed and you keep being bombarded with random, autoplaying videos you couldn't care less about? No? Something must be wrong with you, then — after all, it's not just Facebook that's doing it; there's also Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and every other second-grade social media platform. So it must be what the consumers want, otherwise no one would be doing it — right?

That appears to be the line of thinking over at Google, at least — not content with falling behind the curve with annoying app design decisions (seriously, why is choosing a default video quality still not an option?), YouTube is now also testing autoplaying videos inside its Android app.

Do note, however, that we aren't talking about the option to automatically play the next suggested video once what you're watching right now ends. Instead, the new feature works almost exactly the same as the aforementioned Facebook autoplay — it starts playing the video currently in focus while you're scrolling through your home page.

The main difference is that, unlike Facebook, the YouTube app doesn't automatically start blasting you with sound — you'll have to manually open the video for that. Videos also play with closed captions turned on so you don't miss a piece of dialogue.

Thankfully, people who would prefer not to use this feature can turn it off either all the time, or only when using mobile data, right from the settings menu (under Account > Settings > General > Play as you browse). Also, not everyone has access to the feature yet — in fact, none of the devices we tested had it enabled yet (which is pretty par for the course when it comes to Google's feature testing).

source and image credit: Android Central



1. fyah_king unregistered

I already have this on my youtube app.

2. raky_b

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nooooooooooo....!!!! That was the reason why I have stop to use Opera and why I have uninstalled FB app. And now, YT is hard to replace...

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And I'm sure that like Facebook & Twitter, there will be an option to disable the automatic videos.

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I just checked my app and that option is already in the app and I have it disabled already.

5. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

They should really have option to choose videos to start at highest quality. It is really annoying to start video two or three times because could not see the beginning cause too low resolution. Also we need 4K 60fps quality setting on mobile devices. If video is recorded as 4k 60fps it shows on mobile as 1080p 60fps which looks horrible on tablet. Way too low resolution, do they think that it is too demanding or what. Can't understand.

6. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Isn't this feature more like animated thumbnails rather than autoplaying videos?

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