4 Ways to Disable YouTube Video Thumbnail Images

The preview thumbnails that show up when you browse YouTube can be annoying, inappropriate, or even misleading. Luckily, if you want a less clickbaity and distracting browsing experience, there are ways to hide YouTube thumbnails. In this article, we’ll go over several methods to disable those thumbnails, including how to stop automatic video playback when you’re scrolling through YouTube and how to hide pop-up thumbnails that cover the end of videos you’re watching.

Things You Should Know

  1. Hide thumbnails and other distractions on the YouTube website with browser extensions.
  2.  Turn off “Inline Playback” in YouTube’s settings on the website or the mobile app to stop video previews from playing automatically while you browse.
  3.  Block pop-up thumbnails at the ends of videos using the AdBlock extension and a custom filter. You can also do this by entering a JavaScript command into your browser’s developer console.

Install a browser extension to hide thumbnails.

This lets you browse the web version of YouTube without thumbnails. If you don’t like seeing thumbnail images when you browse YouTube, try installing an extension designed to block thumbnails and other distracting images in your favorite browser. Most of these extensions are available for both Firefox and Chrome. A few options include:

  1. Hide YouTube Thumbnails. As the name suggests, this simple extension hides thumbnails when you’re browsing YouTube on the web. You can get it on Chrome or Firefox.
  2.  Music Mode for YouTube. This extension also allows you to hide YouTube videos and only play the sound. It also has options for hiding thumbnails, user icons, and other images on the YouTube website. You can install this extension on Chrome or Firefox.
  3.  Clickbait Remover for YouTube. This extension doesn’t completely hide thumbnails, but it replaces custom thumbnails with actual stills from the video for a less misleading experience. It is available for Chrome and Firefox.
  4.  Unhook. This extension removes a variety of distractions from your YouTube screen, including thumbnails that pop up at the end of videos and the recommended videos sidebar. You can get Unhook for Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

Turn off video previews in YouTube’s settings.

Switching off “Inline Playback” will stop videos from auto-playing. When you’re scrolling through YouTube on the web or your phone, the auto-play feature can be distracting and irritating. To turn it off:

  1. If you’re on your computer, click your Profile Picture in the top right corner of the YouTube screen. Select  Settings, then Playback and performance. Toggle the Inline playback toggle switch to the  Off position.
  2.  In the iOS YouTube app, tap your Profile Picture, select  SettingsGeneral, then tap Playback in feeds. Choose from Always onWi-Fi only, or Off.
  3.  In the Android YouTube app, tap your Profile Picture, then select  Settings, then General. Next, select Inline player. You can choose whether the inline player is Always on, on with Wi-Fi only, or Off.
  4.  If you switch off Inline Playback, you can still watch a 3-second preview of most YouTube videos by hovering over the thumbnail on your computer or scrolling past the video on your phone or tablet.

4 Ways to Disable YouTube Video Thumbnail Images

Block thumbnails at the ends of videos with an AdBlock filter

Custom filters can remove popup thumbnails. If you’re plagued by those annoying preview thumbnails that cover the end of a video you’re trying to watch, the AdBlock extension can help. Install the AdBlock extension in your favorite browser, then follow these instructions to disable thumbnails that appear during YouTube playback:

  1. Click the AdBlock icon in your browser’s toolbar.
  2.  Click the icon to open the Options menu, then select the Customize tab.
  3.  Click Edit.
  4.  Paste in this filter: youtube.com##.ytp-ce-element
  5.  Click Save and reload the video.
    •  You can also try one of the following alternative filters:youtube.com##.ytp-ce-covering-overlay
    • youtube.com##.ytp-ce-element-shadow
    • youtube.com##.ytp-ce-covering-image
    • youtube.com##.ytp-ce-expanding-image
    • youtube.com##.ytp-ce-element.ytp-ce-video.ytp-ce-element-show
    • youtube.com##.ytp-ce-element.ytp-ce-channel.ytp-ce-channel-this
  6. If none of those filters work, reset and update your browser and try again.

Enter a command in your browser’s console tab to block ending thumbnails.

This is an alternative method for getting rid of popup thumbnails. If you don’t have AdBlock, you can block thumbnails at the end of YouTube videos directly using your browser’s Developer Console. First, navigate to the video you want to watch on YouTube. Then:

  1. To open the console in most browsers, press F12. On a Mac, use ⌘ Command+⌥ Option+J with Chrome or ⌘ Command+⌥ Option+C with Safari.
  2.  A window with developer tools will open at the bottom of your browser window. Click the Console tab, if it isn’t open already.
  3.  Copy and paste the code below into the text field at the bottom of the screen. For security reasons, your browser may ask you to enable pasting first: for(element of document.getElementsByClassName(‘ytp-ce-element’)) { element. style.display = ‘none’; }


Q: What thumbnails are not allowed on YouTube?

A: What does this policy mean for you? Don’t post a thumbnail or other image on YouTube if it shows: Pornographic imagery. Sexual acts, the use of sex toys, fetishes, or other sexually gratifying imagery.

Q: Can I delete thumbnail images?

A: It is possible to select the. Thumbnails folder and delete it from the device, which will remove it and any images within it and may save a significant amount of space from the device.

Q: What app can edit YouTube thumbnails?

A: Fotor is a YouTube thumbnail creator web app with hundreds of premade and free thumbnail templates for your videos. All of Fotor’s templates are designed by professional creators. You can quickly edit colors, images, text styles, and more to make your thumbnail stand out.

Q: Why do Youtubers change video thumbnails?

A: YouTube recommends changing the way a title or thumbnail looks, as it can be an effective way to get more views. That’s generally because the video looks different to viewers and that’s going to change how people interact with it when it’s offered in their recommendations.

Q: How do I remove thumbnails from YouTube Studio?

A: Go to the Videos Section of your regular YouTube Studio. Click the Live tab to the right of Uploads. Delete the video listed as “upcoming”. This will delete all of the info on your live stream dashboard (including the thumbnail).

Q: How do I disable YouTube on my laptop?

A: Navigate to the website blocking settings. Look for “parental controls,” “URL filters,” or “blocked website” settings. Add YouTube to the list of blocked websites. This will restrict access to this website from all devices (laptops, Chromebook, iPad, iPhones, Androids, etc.)