YouTube videos in the Home feed will now autoplay on Android
The YouTube experience is constantly being tweaked by Google. Earlier this year, the Android app finally got an official dark mode, incognito mode for private browsing, and picture-in-picture mode was made available to non-Premium users. Another feature that Premium users have been using for a while is Autoplay on Home, but now it’s rolling out to all users.
Autoplay on Home is similar to a feature that you may have noticed on the web version of YouTube. When scrolling through the Home feed, videos will autoplay (without audio). You see the thumbnail for a brief moment, then the video begins showing a preview. On the web, you can see this when mousing over a video thumbnail. Google is rolling Autoplay on Home out to Android and iOS in the coming weeks.
Google says these Autoplay previews will also show captions when available. So not only will you get a preview of the video, but you can also see what is being said without tapping the video. This is great for deciding if you want to commit to watching a video. It’s sort of like flipping through channels on TV. If you’re worried about data charges, Google does say you can disable the feature or have it work only on WiFi.
Check out the post in the YouTube Help Forum for more information. Look for the feature to roll out over the next few weeks. How do you feel about videos autoplaying in your feed?
Via: Search Engine Journal