Google hides Autoplay, again

by Volker Weber

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It's really fascinating to see how Google wants to make it really hard to disable Autoplay. This is the feature that lets Youtube start another video after you just watched one.

It is always on by default. And once you figured out how to disable it, Google redesigns the UI and puts it in a different spot. Now it is inside the video frame and the right hand controls, which are hidden while a video is playing.

This is clearly a dark UX pattern.

Comments

I fully agree. I simply find the YouTube UI awful. I don‘t know how many times I wanted to maximize the video on a iPad and instead of doing that you touch the scrubber and the video jumps all the way to the end. And don‘t get me started on the UI on the AppleTV...
As long as we all keep watching YouTube Google will be happy.

Markus Dierker, 2021-04-15

I would happily pay for a third party YT client.

Ian Bradbury, 2021-04-15

Ich kann das so nicht bestätigen, bei mir ist es fast immer aus wenn ich das eingestellt habe. Allerdings nicht ganz konsistent, manchmal geht es an.

Es wird scheinbar client seitig sowohl im Local Storage (unter yt.autonav:autonav_disabled) als auch im Session Storage (yt-player-autonavstate) gespeichert. Welches davon wohl gewinnt?

Auf jeden Fall kann ich den Browser öffnen und schließen und es geht.

Im Incognito Mode (oder Browser die ähnliches machen) geht es verständlicherweise nicht.

Die Entscheidung es "in" das Video zu verlagern kann ich nachvollziehen. Nicht immer schaut man Videos im Browser als kleines Bild. Oft auch als Vollbild. Und in dem Modus möchte man es auch oft an/abschalten können (Musik-Video Playlists an, Spielfilm aus, selektierte Playlists an, zufällige "next Videos" aus...). Die UI Änderung empfinde ich somit als Verbesserung.

Jean-Marc Autexier, 2021-04-16

Komisch, dass der Default nicht "off" ist, nicht wahr?

Volker Weber, 2021-04-16

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