On my list of "most annoying things in the world," videos that autoplay upon visiting a website come in at a solid third place. And here lately, it's been an ongoing battle for me and a lot of other users, because YouTube seemingly forsook us and started autoplaying videos all over the web.

Well, that's what we thought, anyway.

Turns out it's not exactly a YouTube issue – it's the Chromecast Chrome extension. If you have it installed, I bet you're seeing the same [annoying] problem. The issue has already been reported to Google and marked as critical, so hopefully a fix is underway. In the meantime though, there's a quick fix:

  • Remove the Chromecast extension from your browser
  • Restart the computer (restarting just Chrome doesn't seem to work)
  • Done

Now, go on about your merry way and enjoy life without autoplaying videos all up in your face. We'll let you know when Google issues a fix.

Update: As of the most recent comment on the bug tracker, it looks like it actually is a YouTube issue. A fix is scheduled to roll out today.

The YouTube team confirmed that there was a bad push yesterday which caused this issue to be triggered.  There is a fix being qualified and that is scheduled to be pushed today that will correct this issue.

Closing this issue for now, since there's not a Chrome issue here in any event.  Thanks to everyone for reporting this issue.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://urban-scholar.com/ LaRosa Johnson

    Thanks. I was wondering what was going on.

  • Jays2Kings

    Just restarting chrome worked for me (I'm on beta chrome). the extensio has been weird for a while, tab streaming no longer provided audio and now this. Hopefully it's fixed soon enough.

  • Cory S

    It isn't for me, and I have it installed. Although, I'm currently on a network with no chromecasts...not sure if that matters or not.

  • remister

    I am glad they found the cause, now for the fix.
    I had one website playing all 10 videos that was on there.

  • ginovva320

    I just noticed this when I came to Android Police today. Was totally confused as to why I started hearing what I thought was an ad for Roku TV.

  • Marcellus1

    I noticed this yesterday when a page with a list of videos starting playing them all at once...

  • Leif Sikorski

    I don't have that issue (Chrome Stable, Win 8.1, Chromecast Extension installed). Maybe this bug requires some other extensions as well to happen?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I had the beta extension installed myself. Also extensions self-update but on different schedules. You may have been lucky one way or another.

  • challenge_accepted

    i didn't have to restart the computer or even chrome. Just removing the extension worked.

  • http://www.whattheschmidt.com/ Dustin

    Interesting... This hasn't been an issue for me at all.

  • adamhs

    "Turns out it's not YouTube at all – it's the Chromecast Chrome extension."
    "Update: As of the most recent comment on the bug tracker, it's a YouTube issue..."

    Great reporting there guys...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      IT'S BOTH

      Also, note that the latter point was an update. It originally seemed to be an issue with the Chromecast extension, but was later revealed to be a YT issue.

      • MaroonRaccoon

        I'm on a Chromebook, and this issue only stopped when I disabled my Chromecast extension. I guess I'll turn it back on tomorrow or by the weekend or something, but it was a pain going to a forum or blog and have multiple videos play at the same time.

  • Tony Byatt

    I have the extension and didn't have the issue...

  • Mike Harris

    On my list of "most annoying things in the world," videos that autoplay upon visiting a website come in at a solid third place.

    I'd really love to know what two things rank higher.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      @cameronsummerson:disqus Fess up.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      0. Having to admit the things that annoy me so everyone knows.
      1. Bad Drivers. I've really learned to dislike them over the past couple years of cycling.
      2. When someone is wrong about something but can't be convinced otherwise (or won't admit it). It's unnerving.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You're totally wrong about both of those. And you won't convince me otherwise.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          pretty sure I just killed 8 brain cells reading this.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            Does that mean you are in a coma now? ;)

      • Mayoo

        Let me rephrase that

        0. Explaining
        1. Sunday at the mall
        2. Apple fanboys

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Isn't that what I said?

          • Mayoo

            Only my humble interpretation. ;)

      • Deeco

        Cyclist can BURNNN!!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Bring it.

      • Shark Bait

        even worse, when you know someone is wrong, but the social situation doesn't allow for you to point it out

        • anonymous

          You have no idea how many times I have to put up with your exact scenario. Mainly when I talk to my family.

  • http://www.CowboyButler.com/ Cowboy Butler

    I would have bet at least a quarter that Facebook auto play videos would be on the top of the list.

  • Lula Jardim

    You cannot imagine how happy I am to read this news! I was so f***** annoyed with this issue that I was about to uninstall Chrome!!! I spent half my night yesterday looking for fixes and plugins that would stop this thing!

  • Brian Lippman

    THANK YOU! This was pissing me off yesterday. One minute everything is fine and the next like 3 youtube embeds on every page I visit start playing at the same time. Went crazy trying to fix it. Ended up installing an extension that turned off HTML5 for youtube and forced Flash, which fixed the issue.

  • singhulariti

    So that's what it is. I was building a "modal with a Video" yesterday and the damn thing kept autoplaying. I spent 4 hrs trying to debug it :(

  • Dennis Ulijn

    I'm wondering if there is a way to push videos to chromecast from the PC/mac chrome browser, just like the android chrome beta way: a chromecast icon and if clicked, the chromecast retreives the video location. On Desktop chrome you have the extension, but your browser is actively sharing the screen, making it mandatory for the pc to stay on... I'd like to start a web video (besides youtube videos) from my laptop and close it again...

  • mehmehmeh

    Oh thank you for this article! If I had to endure another day like yesterday, today would of ended in a 'Falling Down' situation.

  • 3LOL

    So glad this isn't just me!

  • http://www.flowsimple.com Pashmina

    OMG. SO ANNOYING. But thank you thank you Cameron and Android Police for the answer on the root cause. And at least this post and the comments below are making me laugh.

    +1 to Apple Fanboys being annoying. :)

  • Rob Harris

    I thought I was going crazy.

  • andy

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