How to Disable “Are you still watching on YouTube”

disable are ou still watching on YouTube

YouTube is the fastest-growing and popular online music video-sharing platform owned by Google. It is the second most visited website currently in the world, with more than a billion users monthly who watch more than a billion hours of videos each day. It is usually driven by two types of users: Video Creators and Video Viewers. You can both be a viewer and creator. You just need a Google account so that you can create a Youtube account to watch videos or upload your own content. 

Many users face the experience of prompt messages saying “Video Paused. Continue Watching?” on Youtube. It is common for users to receive this message while playing videos in the background.

Why Does YouTube Show “Are You Still Watching” Message

Youtube figures out when you minimize the browser, so it sends you the prompt message. If you’re watching a video in the background and it gets paused, but if you’re busy doing something else, you may not be able to hit play again.

Videos that aren’t being watched result in no traffic and no ad revenue. This is why YouTube implemented this feature. But unfortunately, from a user’s point of view, the feature is really annoying.

Why Disable the “Video paused. Continue Watching” on YouTube

Users prefer to disable the “Video paused. Continue Watching” to prevent a video from stopping after running the video in the background for a while. When you disable the message, you can watch or listen to the video or your song playlist without interruptions until you stop it yourself.

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How To Disable “Are You Still Watching” on YouTube

It is impossible to disable the feature through your Youtube settings. To stop it from automatically pausing your videos, you have to install a browser extension.

There are generally two methods to disable the are you still watching messages on YouTube.

  1. Using browser extensions
  2. Using YouTube Premium

Note: Unfortunately, due to browser extension requirements, this does not work on mobile devices.

1. Use browser extension

There are several browser extensions to bypass the “Continue watching” message. However, not all of them work reliably. Among them, “YouTube NonStop” from Moe Kanan works efficiently both on Chrome and Firefox. However, you can also choose another extension from Chrome Web Store if YouTube NonStop doesn’t work for you.

Enable “YouTube NonStop” on Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome browser on your PC and head towards Chrome Web Store.
  2. Search ‘YouTube NonStop” in the search bar at the top-left corner of the screen.
chrome web store YouTube Nonstop
  1. Click on “Add to Chrome
add youtube nonstop to chrome
  1. From the resulting pop-up window, click on “Add extension.
add extension on chrome
  1. Now, the extension on your Chrome Browser is added. 

You can also pin it if you like just by clicking on the icon from your top-right corner to the browser window.

  1. At last, head towards YouTube and play the playlist songs/videos without any interruptions. 

This extension will prevent you from stopping the videos you’re watching, and you will not receive any prompt message i.e. “Video paused. Continue Watching.

2. Use Youtube Premium

YouTube Premium (formerly known as YouTube Red) is a paid subscription service offered by the video platform YouTube. It offers ad-free viewing of videos, offline playback, downloading videos, background playback of video on mobile phones, exclusive paywalled content made by famous YouTube personalities, and access to YouTube Music streaming service. 

When you get a premium subscription, you will not only get rid of the prompt message “Video paused. Continue Watching”, but you will not see any annoying YouTube ads and you can also play background YouTube videos.

For U.S. subscribers, it costs $11.99 per month.

For pricing and subscriptions to Youtube premium, click here.

use YouTube Premium to disable are you still watching on YouTube


Summing up, you can ‘disable are you still watching on YouTube’ through a browser extension or YouTube premium subscription. For any queries, please address them in the comment section down below. 

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