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How to Loop YouTube Videos

Posted by Jim Tanous on June 23, 2019

You can probably safely assume that the creator of many YouTube videos intend for their videos to be watched only once or twice by each individual viewer, though of course there are many videos actually worth watching over and over, including favorite music videos, kids’ shows (the parents out there will understand what I am saying), or ambient background videos like fireplaces or aquariums that serve as visual and audio white noise.

Until recently, however, there was no native way to set a YouTube video on “repeat” on an infinite loop, playing the video over and over again indefinitely.

The YouTube developers and community addressed this problem in multiple ways, with creators looping videos on the editing side and uploading massive 12-hour compilations, and plug-in developers offering numerous browser-based solutions to automatically reload and replay a video when it ended. Thanks to a recent YouTube update, however, these solutions are no longer necessary to loop YouTube videos.

Here’s how to to put YouTube videos on an infinite loop using the YouTube itself rather than an external solution.

First, using a modern Web browser such as the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, find and start playing the YouTube video you want to loop or repeat.

Once the video’s playing, right-click on the video itself to reveal the familiar options menu.

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You’ll see a new option located there called, unsurprisingly, Loop. Left-click it once and a checkmark will appear to the right of the option. Return to your video and, once it’s complete, the video will automatically start over at the beginning.

Of note, Google (the owner of YouTube) has implemented its own server-side loop technology, and the video will start playing again without even needing to reload the browser page. The video just starts up again with no need to refresh or click on anything.

The only drawback to this new YouTube loop feature is that if the video featured a pre-roll YouTube ad, you’ll probably see or hear it again once the video restarts (in some brief testing, we noticed that a pre-roll ad played again after looping in 4 out of 5 forced loops).

This of course also applies to any ads or introduction that the video creator themselves has inserted into the beginning of the video. This new feature is therefore not perfect, but at least users are finally able to access this relatively basic functionality without relying on third-party plugins. So now you can put YouTube videos on infinite loop any time you’d like!

If you enjoyed this article, you might want to check out this TechJunkie article about The Best YouTube Chrome Extensions [June 2019].

Have you used YouTube’s new looping feature? If so, let us know about it in the comments below.

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