Discovered a song on YouTube and want to listen to it for the tenth time? Or perhaps you want to relive the moment Leyton Orient secured promotion again and again and again (no? Just me then). While YouTube doesn’t make it obvious how to do so, a couple of clicks will have you streaming that video ad infinitum. Here’s how to repeat YouTube videos.
Below, you’ll find instructions for repeating YouTube videos on your desktop, as well as your Android or iOS smartphone/tablet (although be warned that the latter process is slightly trickier).
How to repeat YouTube videos: Desktop browser
Looping a video via your browser of choice is simple once you know how. First, find the video you want to repeat, then right-click directly on the image.
Once the menu appears, it’s just a case of selecting “Loop”, sitting back and basking in the Astley glory.
Weirdly, there’s no indication (such as a symbol) that you’re looping a video – you’ll just have to take our word that it will repeat forever.
How to repeat YouTube videos: Android
As you’ll see with the iOS instructions below, most sites will point you towards laboriously creating a playlist and then looping it via the YouTube mobile app. But, if you’re an Android user, there’s an easier way.
Open the Google Chrome app (or other browsing app) on your phone or tablet, type m.youtube.com into the search bar, hit Enter and then find your video.
Now open the Chrome menu in the top-right of the screen (three vertical dots) and toggle the tickbox next to “Desktop site”.
Unsurprisingly, this will bring up the desktop version of the site, which will look quite strange…
You’ll now need to zoom into the image by moving your fingers slowly apart. When you’re up close and personal with Rick, press and hold the image until the following menu appears.
Tap “Loop” and, as with the desktop version, the video will repeat until the end of time.
How to repeat YouTube videos: iOS
Ah, poor iPhone users: Google (which, of course, owns YouTube) really doesn’t want to you to loop videos. But, as ever, it can be done with a bit of fiddling.
First, fire up the YouTube app, find the video you want to watch, tap on the image and select the Save icon (three horizontal lines with a plus).
A menu will then appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap “+NEW PLAYLIST”.
Now it’s time to give your playlist a name. Imaginatively, we’ve gone for “Astley”, but it could be something even simpler such as “1” or “Loop”.
Now head to your Library by selecting the far-right option on the bottom toolbar. Your new playlist will be sitting there waiting for you.
Tap on the playlist and then select the big red arrow button that appears.
Okay, we’re nearly at the finish line. Your video will start playing, but this time there will be a black bar containing the name of the playlist underneath the image. Tap this bar and then select the loop icon (two arrows forming a rectangle) that appears.
And that’s it. Phew.
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