How to Disable Autoplay Thumbnail Preview on YouTube

Depending on who you ask, YouTube’s thumbnail preview that automatically plays videos while scrolling is either a godsend or a bane. The feature allows users to peek at the video content while hovering over the thumbnail. However, not everyone likes to see a dynamic video when browsing the feed. It gets even more annoying on mobile, where you can browse video and enable audio from the autoplay thumbnail preview. So, if you are someone who wants to prevent YouTube videos from playing while scrolling, here is how to disable thumbnail preview on YouTube.

Disable thumbnail preview on YouTube (2022)

Disable thumbnail preview on YouTube (Android and iOS)

1. Open the YouTube app on your phone and tap the profile icon in the upper right corner. Now, select “Settings” to access YouTube settings.

go to youtube settings

2. Tap on “General” in the settings and choose “Read in streams” to control automatic playback of the YouTube home stream.

reading in streams

3. In the pop-up window that appears, choose to disable playback in streams, and that’s all. Video thumbnails will no longer automatically play when scrolling through the stream.

disable reading in streams

Disable autoplay thumbnail preview on YouTube website

1. Open YouTube and click on your profile picture in the upper right corner. When the context menu appears, click on “Settings”.

open youtube settings

2. Now, go to the “Playback and performance” settings section from the left sidebar.

view playback and performance settings

3. Here, disable the “Online Reading” toggle to stop playing videos when you hover over them in the YouTube home stream.

disable online reading

Disable autoplay video previews on YouTube

So here are the steps to disable autoplay on YouTube. In the meantime, if you want to delete your YouTube history, you can check our related article. And for more such tips, be sure to check out our article on the best YouTube tricks you should know.