The loop feature on YouTube is a great tool that can help you focus without having to change the video when it ends.

This article will cover how to enable and disable the loop feature. We will cover how to do it on desktop and in the YouTube mobile app.

Why use the YouTube loop feature?

The loop feature can be a helpful tool. It can help users focus on tasks, such as meditation or studying, by playing music automatically. It is also helpful for livestreamers who need a continuous playlist to play on loop without interrupting their broadcast.

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Videos that a great for looping

You can loop practically any video on YouTube. However, there are a few types of videos that work best for the feature. Here are the most popular types of videos to loop. 

Music

Music videos are probably the most commonly looped videos. Whether it’s a catchy tune or an entire album, many people like to listen to music on repeat. The loop feature allows you to do that.

Relaxation and meditation

Many videos on YouTube help people destress, relax and meditate. Looping these videos allows you to relax as long as you need without having to break your concentration and switch videos.

DIYs and recipes

YouTube also allows you to loop specific portions of videos. So, if you’re following a DIY video or recipes, you can loop specific sections to ensure you do all the steps right.

Enabling the loop feature on a YouTube video using desktop

To enable the loop feature on a desktop, follow the steps below.

  • Open your preferred internet browser
  • Go to YouTube
  • On the YouTube homepage, search for a video you want to loop or select a suggested video
  • After selecting a video, right-click or control-click in the player to pull up display options
  • Select ‘Loop.’ A checkmark will appear after enabling the feature

Disabling the loop feature on YouTube using desktop

  • On the video you’re looping, right-click or control-click inside the player to pull up display options
  • Reselect ‘Loop.’ The checkmark will disappear, indicating you’ve disabled the feature

Enabling the loop feature on a YouTube video using a mobile device

  • Open the YouTube app
  • Search for a video to loop by selecting the search magnifying glass or select a suggested video
  • Select the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner. After selecting the three vertical dots, an options menu appears
  • Tap ‘Loop video.’ After turning on the loop feature, ‘on’ will appear to the right

Disabling the loop feature on YouTube using a mobile

  • Select the three vertical dots in the upper right corner
  • Tap ‘Loop video’ again. ‘Off’ will appear to the right when you disable the feature

How to loop YouTube playlists 

The loop feature is handy when you want to play a video in a loop. However, you can also use the feature to loop playlists on YouTube. Here’s how to do it.

Looping a YouTube playlist on a desktop

  • Open your preferred internet browser
  • Go to YouTube
  • Search for a creator you like or a topic you’re interested in
  • On the search results page, select the filters button
  • After selecting the filters button, a menu will pop up with five different filters. Look at the list under ‘Type’
  • Under ‘Type,’ select ‘Playlist’
  • After selecting ‘Playlist,’ many playlist options will appear. Choose one you would like to loop
  • Once you select a playlist, a menu for the playlist will appear on the right
  • Near the top left corner of the playlist menu, you will find the loop button
  • Select the loop button. After you enable the feature, the button will appear bolded

How to disable the loop feature for YouTube playlists

  • In the playlist menu, select the loop button in the left corner
  • After selecting the loop button, the button will no longer appear bold. This means that the loop feature is no longer enabled

How to loop a YouTube playlist on a mobile device

  • Open the YouTube app
  • Search for a creator or topic you want to watch
  • On the search result page, select the three vertical dots in the upper right corner 
  • ‘Search filters’ will appear at the bottom; select it
  • Select the ‘Type’ filter
  •  Under ‘Type,’ select ‘Playlist’
  • Tap the back button in the top left corner
  • Select a playlist
  • The playlist will begin playing; locate the loop button under the player on the left
  • Tap the loop button once to loop the entire playlist or tap twice to loop just the current video. When selecting to loop the entire playlist, the button will appear bold. When selecting to loop the current video you’re watching, the number ‘1’ will appear on the button

Disabling the loop feature on mobile

  • To stop looping a video playlist on mobile, select the loop button under the video currently playing
  • Tap the loop button until the button is either not bold or doesn’t display the number’ 1.’

Put it on repeat

Now you know how to loop YouTube videos and playlists. It’s a simple tool that makes the experience on YouTube more useful, especially if you’re too busy to replay a video when it finishes.