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    YouTube pauses on its own, 8 solutions

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    Martí Micolau
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    When it comes to entertainment, YouTube is by far the favorite source of many, thanks to both the quantity and quality of the content it offers. It is possible to easily spend hours watching its content without batting an eye. But what if YouTube pauses on its own? Here this is what can ruin watching videos. Well that's what many have been complaining about lately, YouTube videos pause by themselves.



    If YouTube videos pause by themselves, it seems for no reason, you may need to troubleshoot some issues. This post gives you some solutions to fix YouTube pausing on its own.


    Why does YouTube pause by itself?

    YouTube has changed the dynamics of the marketing world. Millions of marketers have become YouTube influencers and have adopted a video marketing strategy to grab the customer's attention. This strategy has certainly paid off (money for YouTube) and also for influencers around the world.

    When YouTube videos pause on their own on mobile phone or desktop for certain reasons it can create obstacles for both content creators and viewers. However, there are several methods to fix YouTube video pause issue, some of which will be discussed below.


    1. Check your Internet connection

    You can start by checking the connection on your device. Sometimes a slow or inconsistent internet connection can lead to problems like pausing videos or not loading YouTube feeds. To verify that your connection is working optimally, open any website or run a quick speed test on your device.


    2. Check the headphones

    If you are watching a YouTube video with headphones, the app automatically pauses the video when they are disconnected or removed. So if your headphones are faulty or loosely plugged in, YouTube may believe they are constantly being removed, forcing it to repeatedly pause your videos. To be sure, you can try watching YouTube with a different set of headphones or speakers for a while.


    3. Restart your device

    Probably the best part about our phones or PCs is that they can run multiple apps in the background. But sometimes, these background apps and processes can also create conflicts and lead to errors like YouTube pauses videos on its own. Therefore, you can try restarting the device to close everything and try using YouTube again to see if it is now working properly.


    4. Turn off remind me to take a break

    If you're in the habit of watching YouTube videos, you may have asked YouTube to remind you to take breaks from time to time. When enabled, “Remind me to take a break” is a YouTube app feature that will automatically pause the video after a set interval. Go ahead and disable it, if you no longer wish to be interrupted.

    1. Launch the YouTube app on your phone and tap the profile icon in the top right corner to access the Settings menu.
    2. Open General Settings and turn off the switch next to "Remind me to take a break".

    5. Disable extensions

    Most people use extensions for different tasks. But if you use them to block ads, translate YouTube subtitles, or manage passwords, these third-party extensions can interfere with YouTube playback, sometimes causing it to mysteriously pause. You can consider disabling or removing extensions permanently to see if that helps.


    1. To disable extensions in Google Chrome, type chrome: // extensions in the address bar and press Enter. Disable all extensions and check if YouTube is working properly.
    2. In Microsoft Edge, click on the three-dot menu and go to Extensions to turn them off.

    6. Try another browser

    In addition to disabling extensions, you can try using YouTube in another browser or in incognito mode. If this works, the problem with YouTube videos pausing on their own is due to a faulty browser. In such cases, simply updating or restoring the browser should fix the problem.



    7. Clear cache and data

    The YouTube app stores previously played videos in the form of cache data. When the app builds up too much cache, it can slow down the app or create problems like this. Therefore, you can try to clear the cache data to solve the problem.

    • Open the Settings app on your Android phone. Go to Apps and notifications. Scroll down or use the search bar above to find YouTube from the list.
    • Now go to the Storage and Cache option and tap on the Clear Cache button.

    If the problem persists, you can follow the same steps above to clear the YouTube app data. IPhone users can reinstall the YouTube app as it is not possible to remove the cache for the YouTube app.


    8. Update the app

    If you don't update apps on your phone often, these apps may become out of date. This can lead to problems with the app and force it to pause YouTube videos. Go ahead and update the app from the Play Store or the App Store to see if it fixes the problem.


    No more problems

    Nobody likes sudden interruptions, let alone watching our favorite YouTube videos. Most of the time, it is a bad Internet connection or a faulty browser. Hopefully, the above solutions were effective enough to solve the problem. Let us know which one worked for you in the comments below.

    Further Reading:

    • How to Watch YouTube Videos on Apple Watch
    • How to clear YouTube history on PC
    • How to delete your videos from YouTube
    • How to disable HD on YouTube
    • YouTube will return to Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Prime Video to Chromecast
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