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How to stop YouTube from asking you ‘Continue Watching’

YouTube is Google’s fastest-growing and most popular online video sharing platform. It’s currently the second most visited site in the world, with over a billion monthly users who view over a billion hours of video every day. It typically has two types of users: video creators and video viewers. You can be both a viewer and a creator. You just need to have a Google account to create a Youtube account to watch videos or upload your own video content.

Sometimes Youtube pauses a video when there is no user activity and throws a “Continue Watching?”. If you prefer to listen to music while the YouTube window is minimized, this feature interferes with comfortable listening. You have to go back to the site at times and click on “Continue”. So, here is how to stop YouTube from asking you “Continue Watching”.

What is the reason for the stop of the video

If you often listen to music on Youtube in the background, you’ve probably experienced that playback automatically pauses. Google has introduced a feature that checks whether the user is present at the computer while watching the video. If you start playback in the background and YouTube detects no activity on the website, it will take that as your absence and pause playback.

You need to go to the website and click the confirm button for further viewing. Playback will start from the point where it was paused. The first mentions of this feature can be found in forums since early 2017. Google is constantly improving it, and now the pause message appears in a larger range of people.

How to disable automatic video stopping on YouTube

You won’t find an option in your account or settings that allow you to disable this feature. Apparently, it was introduced to limit showing videos (and ads) to users who, in any case, aren’t actively watching what is being played, but only listening to the background sound. In such a situation, advertisers can’t count on user interaction (ad clicks).

However, there is a YouTube NonStop extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers that resumes playback when a pause notification is displayed. The plugin works on a simple principle – it detects a pop-up window with a notification, and then automatically clicks the “Continue watching” button.

The extension doesn’t require any settings on your part. It’s enough to install it in your browser and then allow it to run in the background.

It is possible that the pause will only last a few seconds while you listen while the extension confirms further browsing. However, it will be much shorter than if you go back to the site yourself and click this button. The plugin works even when the YouTube tab is running in the background and the browser window is minimized.

What are the privacy options on YouTube

If you want to watch a video but don’t want it to be reflected in YouTube’s recommendations, you can enable incognito mode. It will allow you not to save the fact of viewing the history of the account. In the mobile app, you can do this by clicking on the profile picture and selecting the option “Enable incognito”, you can disable it in the same place.

In the web version, it’s a little more complicated: you have to click the three-line menu icon in the upper left corner, select “History” and then “Disable Browsing History” which appears on the right side of the screen. First, click on it, and then click on “Pause” in the confirmation window that appears. To turn off the incognito mode, you will need to go to the same place and find the option “Enable Browsing History”.

It’s a little-known fact, but by default, YouTube shows lists of videos you like and channels you’re subscribed to anyone. If you want to keep this information to yourself, open the privacy settings and check the “Keep all your favorite videos private” and “Keep all subscriptions private” boxes.

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