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How Do I Get Rid of the Annoying YouTube Bottom Bar?

If you’ve been to YouTube recently, you might have noticed a bar going across the bottom of the screen that shows recommended videos and lets you autoplay them—but there’s no quick way to get rid of it, and nothing in the settings. Here’s how.


Get Rid of it With a User Script (Firefox or Chrome)

If you’re using Firefox and you want to get rid of this bar, you can use a user script along with the Greasemonkey extension. If you’re using Google Chrome, user script support is built right in and all you have to do is head over to this user script and click the Install button.


To uninstall the user script, use the Tools menu and find the Manage Extensions option, or type in chrome://extensions into the location bar.


Once there, find the item called “Subscription Bar” and click the Uninstall button.

Use a Google Chrome Extension

If you’d rather, you can use a Google Chrome extension instead, though you should note that Chrome extensions use more memory than user scripts, since they run as a separate process for each extension.


You can uninstall it the same way as the user script.

Youtube Subscription Bar And Autoplay Remover [Google Chrome Extensions]

Change the URL (for Sharing With Others)

If you’re planning on sending the video to other people and don’t want them to have to see the autoplay bar either, you can simply remove part of the URL before you send it over.

Just highlight everything from &playnext= all the way to the end of the URL, hit the Delete key, and then copy the rest.

What do you think? Does the Autoplay bar annoy you?

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/4/10

Comments (10)

  1. Jeff

    The autoplay bar is the most annoying new “feature” of youtube I’ve seen so far. I wish they would have stopped at just changing the channel layouts. thank you so much for this article!

  2. simba

    When you want to share a video it’s much easier then you describe.
    You just press the share button, just below the video description. The URL is highlighted so you just have to copy it and you are ready to share it :)

  3. Anon

    Wow, I cant believe this. SECONDS (yeah, indeed) before I visited HowToGeek, I looked into my Channel-options and looked how to disable that annoying thing. When I didnt found an option to do so, I gave up and visited this blog and – tadaa!
    Thank you so much! What a coincidence!

  4. Luke

    Thanks for this. That bar is very annoying, was looking for a way to turn it off.

  5. 216

    GM Scripts ftw. Extensions take up memory, scripts do not

  6. skater-andy

    I dont get that feature when i go on youtube and i have chrome :S

  7. B. Moore

    Weird, i dont see this bar on any browser or pc that I use.

  8. Paul

    How is this annoying? It hides itself once the video starts playing and only shows up after you either pause or finish viewing the video.

  9. at0mic

    google messing with youtube is a good thing. it’s my last connection to anything google, now i’m more inclined to dump my youtube channel for a NON google sharing sight and i’ll finally be google free. thank you google for sucking so much !!!

  10. Caroline

    I have the Greasemonkey extension, I just need the user script please :)

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