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Stop YouTube Video Auto Play While Allowing Auto Buffering (How to)

When you are browsing multiple videos on YouTube or opening one by one under several tabs, these videos starts playing automatically as soon as you open the video page. Unfortunately, the sound coming from each video mixed with each other and become an audio mess. YouTube and browsers have built-in options for controlling auto-play of YouTube video, but it’ll also stop video buffering, which is an annoyance especially on a slow Internet connection. Here is how to solve this issue.

 You can stop auto play of YouTube video by right clicking on YouTube video player and clicking option ‘Stop download’ to stop buffering. Alternatively, you can enable “Click to Play” feature on your browser. But, as said above these two methods will also stop auto buffering of video.

If you want to stop auto playing of YouTube video, but needs auto buffering, I would recommend you to install “YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD” user script. It not only buffers the video without auto playing, it also removes in-video ads, and puts video in HD if the option is on.

You can install YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD user script from source here. Firefox users need to install the Greasemonkey extension before installing the script.

Chrome doesn’t need GM add-on, however, as Chrome won’t allow installing extensions directly, you need to download the user script, and then open the Chrome Extension page (Menu > Tools > Extensions) and drag-and-drop the downloaded script inside to install it.

After installation, it will add a new “Atobuffer options” to YouTube video page. Click this option to customize the options such as enable or disable auto play and auto buffering, inline video ads, etc.


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