Disable YouTube previews on hover

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4 years ago

Updated 3 years ago.

Since some time, YouTube animates video thumbnails when you hover them with the mouse. Surely it's a nice feature to have, but if you find is distracting and unnecessary, you'll want to disable it.

YouTube doesn't provide any setting to disable video previews on hover, but you can stop the animation with a simple trick. 

Use an Adblock filter

If you use Adblock Plus extension, add this filter under Adblock Options:


You can also block this address in any kind of blocker extension; it'll stop loading animated previews but thumbnails will be shown as always.

How to find the right URL to block?

You can find elements of web page under the developer console. Press F12 to open Developer Tools (works in Chrome and Firefox) and go to Sources > Network tab. In this occasion, you can see the thumbnail element is located under i.ytimg.com/an_webp.

Did this filter work for you? Do you have a better solution? Let us know in the comments.

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Guest says 30 days ago 7/6/2021 6:44 PM
Thank you so much, this has been bothering me for months or even years at this point. Thank you so much.

Zeynel says in reply to Guest : 30 days ago 7/6/2021 7:15 PM
Glad it still works, you're welcome!

Guest says 11 months ago 9/17/2020 12:16 PM
Works perfectly. Thank you.

Guest says 16 months ago 4/20/2020 4:06 AM
yessss thank you! hover previews are sooo annoying. the internet is more and more user unfriendly to use.

xxxX says 21 months ago 11/9/2019 10:10 PM
This is just what I was looking for. Thank you!!

FeedTheChunk says 21 months ago 11/7/2019 4:34 AM
You da man! I hate this feature. It is so distracting and annoying.

K says 21 months ago 11/6/2019 12:30 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Anonomonomous says 2 years ago 6/19/2019 1:24 PM
NOW... how do we disable the same crap on NetFlix???

Sharma Ji says 2 years ago 6/4/2019 10:55 AM
Great discovery! thanks man. It worked.

annoyed says 3 years ago 8/14/2018 6:07 AM
I was trying to say thanks, but your stupid page keeps auto refreshing and deleting what I've typed before I could press Send!

Zeynel says in reply to annoyed : 3 years ago 8/14/2018 6:36 AM
I disabled auto refresh completely, I'm sorry about such experience!

stevie says 3 years ago 8/4/2018 11:08 AM
Thank god for this page! i hate it, and it works :)

mack says 3 years ago 8/1/2018 12:19 AM
The filter URL stopped YouTube preview animations for me. I'm using AdBlock (not Plus). Go to 'Options', 'Customize', 'Manually edit your filters'. Add i.ytimg.com/an_webp to the list, then save.