You open YouTube, search for your favorite song, enable autoplay, and switch to the next tab to continue working while listening to music.
After listening to two or three songs, the loop plays the first song played.
How can you get YouTube to stop repeating itself?
The problem appears to have begun in 2018, but it hasn’t been fixed since, despite a moderator posting on Google forums promising that it would be fixed.
There are however some ways to stop YouTube from playing the same song on a loop.
Before I get into the details, let me tell you a few things that could be making YouTube repeat certain songs.
- Based on your watch history, autoplay could stick with your most played songs
- YouTube annotations: An issue
- Uninstall a plugin that may be blocking ads from loading
Let’s now dive into the solutions.
Clear your watch history
YouTube’s autoplay function is not about randomly playing songs. Instead, it attempts to create a playlist using videos you have previously watched. It only sticks with two or three of your most listened songs.
To ensure that the playlist is randomly selected, it is necessary to delete your watch history.
Clear your YouTube watch history
- You can open YouTube from your computer browser
- Select History from the left sidebar.
- SelectWatch history on the right
- ClickClear All Watch history on the right-hand side
This will remove YouTube’s cache and make playlists random.
Annotations can be disabled
Annotations are a way to help you choose the next video to view. The feature may also allow you to play the same song on YouTube.
To disable it:
- Any video can be opened
- Click hereGearicon
- Refresh YouTube
In a new window, open YouTube
- Click on the three dots to the right of your browser and then click Open New Window. You can also press Ctrl+N.
- Play your songs on YouTube
This method is effective, but it may not work for everyone.
It’s better to minimize it so it doesn’t take up too much of your screen or open it on a secondary one.
Open YouTube in another browser
YouTube videos can be stopped from looping by switching to another browser.
Since this error mostly occurs on Chrome, if you have Firefox, Opera, or any other browser installed on your PC or Mac, use it to stream YouTube videos.
Log out from your YouTube account
To prevent autoplay software from accessing previously stored information, you might want to log off of YouTube.
This is how you do it:
- Click hereProfilicon in the upper-right corner on YouTube’s YouTube page
- ClickRegister Now
- Follow the prompts for logging out
- Open YouTube and start streaming music
Adblock is disabled
Remove any extension that blocks ads loading while watching YouTube videos. Highlight an extension icon in your Chrome browser, and then select Remove From Chrome.
Open YouTube again and start streaming.
Clear your browser cache
- To open the menu, click the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner on Google Chrome
- choose more Tools
- ChooseDelete Browser Data
- Select the duration you’d like to erase the data
- Check the box next to images and Files in Cache
- ClickDelete Browser DataWait for it to finish
Find new music!
This guide is for you if you have been listening to YouTube on repeat over the past few days, or even months.
Let us know if you have any suggestions for better ways to shuffle YouTube playlists or if the videos keep looping.