The mobile version of YouTube is starting to test automatic playback on the home page. Yes, it seems like YouTube is determined to make us hate it.
If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of data then maybe this won’t bother you. For the rest of us, however, this will be a real pain in the neck.
The video at the top of the home page will start playing automatically whenever you open the app. Then as you scroll down the page other videos will start playing in what’ll be an eternal spiral of misery and torment.
Luckily, however, it’ll be a silent torment as the videos will be auto-muted. If the video has subtitles, they’ll be activated so that you’ll know what the people in the videos you don’t really want to watch are saying.
Even more good news is that the feature YouTube calls Play As You Browse has also been set to activate by default (kill it with fire) but this can be turned off or set to activate only when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
The real good news is that this is currently only in a testing phase, there are only a handful of users who have the “privilege” of using and testing it. Presumably, however, YouTube will consider launching this feature for everybody depending on the reaction of the testers. If their eyes start bleeding, they scream out in terror and they’re climbing the walls trying to escaper hopefully YouTube will get the hint and won’t bother rolling out auto play to everybody.
Time will tell.
What do you think of this imminent function?