Whenever playback of a video on YouTube ends, video recommendations may be displayed; these recommendations are based on the viewing history and display thumbnails of videos picked by YouTube's recommendation algorithm.
A click on a suggested video plays it right away on YouTube. Video recommendations are displayed only if you have disabled autoplay on YouTube. You can do that by clicking on Settings > Autoplay in the video playback interface. Autoplay plays the next video automatically instead.
Sometimes, or even all the time, you may prefer not to receive video suggestions. Maybe, because you are watching YouTube with minors and don't want them exposed to suggestions that are inappropriate or make them want to watch more videos on the site.
While you could hit the stop button at the end of videos, using automation is probably the better option. If you don't want to use YouTube extensions like Iridium for that, which support the feature, you may configure your content blocker to do so.
The result is a black screen at the end of videos on YouTube instead of a screen filled with video thumbnails.
Users who use Adblock Plus, a popular content blocker, can enable YouTube-specific rules that do away with endscreen recommendations on the site.
It is just a matter of enabling them in the client; users who prefer uBlock Origin, probably the greatest content blocker of our time, may add a rule manually to the program.
Here is how that is done:
The change takes effect immediately; whenever you play a video on YouTube, the endscreen is black.
Alternatively, it is possible to use the Adblock Plus rules; just visit the YouTube filter page on the Adblock Plus' website and click on the add button with uBlock Origin installed. The rules get added after you confirm that you want to add them to the list of rules in the content blocking extension.
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