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Audio Only Youtube

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Enables you to disable video streams on youtube and listen audio

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Description from store "Audio only youtube" chrome extension enables you to disable only video on youtube which saves internet usage more than 50% when you want to listen songs on youtube. Note: It doesn't support Youtube Live Videos. You can enable/disable it by just clicking on the icon shown in the extension bar. Audio only youtube is an open-source project licensed under GPLv3. You can find sources here : https://github.com/Ashish-Bansal/audio-only-youtube Any kind of contributions to the project are welcomed and thanks to all who contributed to this project!

Latest reviews

  • (2021-06-20) this pcg: Great extension. I wonder if it is possible to remove '' Audio only. To watch video....'' text to make the screen completely blank?
  • (2021-06-02) Berthold Barth: Honestly an amazing productivity hack that also saves bandwidth. Thank you so much!
  • (2021-05-21) Semere Tereffe: I really wanted to use this for lofi live streams, but it doesn't work for those. Only for videos, not for livestreams.
  • (2021-05-18) Ahmer Siddiqui: Not working now...
  • (2021-05-17) Yeeeh yeh yeah: Rating: Love it
  • (2021-05-16) Ariful Islam: Love It
  • (2021-04-28) Quentin Durand: Top ! Pour ceux qui ont une conscience écologique et qui aiment écouter leur playlist youtube, cette petite extension diminuera grandement la quantité de données téléchargées, comme ça on pollue moins ;)
  • (2021-04-24) chaipaween onarung: Audio Only twitch could u do this
  • (2021-04-07) Golliyo: Funciona perfectamente
  • (2021-03-27) escott22: My Chromebook I old and slow this is great for streaming music it frees up the cpu for good performance
  • (2021-03-15) Petr Josef Pár: it just works! thx!
  • (2021-03-14) ᗩвѕσʟυтє ᗩуυѕн: does what it says. love it.
  • (2021-03-10) Rishi Shah: The best!!! Why didn't I find this earlier! Thank you so muchh creator Hats off to you😌
  • (2021-02-27) Dfdfdfdfd Fdfdfdfd: Hello good extension but now there are error - when Youtube has AD somewhere in middle of timeline player jumps back to the start of timeline. Pls fix it
  • (2021-02-25) Victor Augusto Kopsch Nunes: Works flawlessly. Thank you very much, nice job!
  • (2021-02-19) Anass nasim: not working ?
  • (2021-02-17) Destiny: Funciona perfecto exactamente lo que buscaba 10/10
  • (2021-02-15) Zivojin Kuzmanovic: It works as intended. Thanks!
  • (2021-02-14) Sina M.Azad: Great little gadget, helps reduce the cpu load while playing games, some times you just need to listen to your own playlist instead of the bgm of the game!
  • (2021-02-03) Mark B: Works perfectly; thanks.
  • (2021-01-27) Betino Miclea: Excellent! 5 stars!
  • (2021-01-22) Nata: Thanks for the extension,now i can use less data when im listening to a song at youtube
  • (2021-01-16) Mayur Patil: Awesome Extension Dude ! Smooth on Bandwidth and Battery. Thanks for the Gold extension.
  • (2021-01-15) nofal omran: useful extension love it
  • (2021-01-14) Kundan: Why the hell you wanna read our browser history?
  • (2021-01-11) Sparsha Dhar: This is stupid. Doesn't work at all. If you hover your mouse over the Playback Timeline (the horizontal red/grey bar), you will see that the video is actually loaded in 144p. Well, you know what, everyone knows how to play a video in 144p from settings.
  • (2021-01-10) Nabarun Roy: Works like a charm.
  • (2021-01-03) Aksel Sivertsen: Does what it is supposed to. I wish there where more features, like single instance audio only
  • (2020-12-13) Deepam Gupta: The extension does solves a real problem very effciently. There must be an option like "to enable it all time" or "to ask everytime" or something like that.
  • (2020-12-12) M. Faisal: The extension is great and I love it
  • (2020-12-11) ImJustWantToComment: Love this Extension!! Use it almost every day but owner has now updated permissions to peep my browsing history so uninstalled and I would recommend the same.
  • (2020-11-29) Mrstirling99: it worked when I just got it, after a few days there seems to be a bug with it. What it does is it works for the first 10 seconds of the video, then it buffers, then the video is now playing instead of doing its purpose. please fix this bug
  • (2020-11-13) Запп: Наверно одно из семейства годных расширений для Ютуба
  • (2020-11-06) RxiP: it works! :)
  • (2020-10-28) Aadil Syed: It does seem to be very nice. Works quite well. I would like support for music.youtube.com to be added as the Progressive Web App version for Win does not seem to support/show any options for video playback.
  • (2020-10-19) Martin Véronneau: 4-stars. Great extension, reduces the bandwidth usage dramatically for YouTube music lovers. I would give it 5-stars, if it could be applied per-tab. Right now, it's a global settings that applies to all the tabs.
  • (2020-09-23) Bruno Juchli: This perfectly satisfies my desire to save on bandwidth and electricity -- keep greener without a lot of hassle! I do love it. As others have mentioned there's the little usability quirk of the extensions "on/off" setting applying to all tabs of a window as well as having to reload the page after changing from off to on and vice versa. Note: multiple chrome windows do not share the same on/off state. Personally, I use youtube for listening to music way more often than to watch videos. Whenever i want to watch a video I copy the URL, open chome in private mode and paste the URL. This is done using a few key strokes: - CTRL+L (focus on address bar and select contents) - CTRL+C (copy to clipboard) - CTRL+SHIFT+N (open a chrome window in private mode, address bar is selected by default) - CTRL+V (paste from clipboard) - Enter
  • (2020-09-21) Darth Negative Hunter: it's fake, it only prevents display, it doesn't make youtube transfer audio only!
  • (2020-09-20) Christian S.: Pretty good. Would be cool to disable thumnails of recommended vidoes (basically all images) as well, as thats a fairly significant portion of data too.
  • (2020-09-10) De Daniel: Works like a charm.... I've been wasting my internet quota this whole time
  • (2020-09-08) Vimal Kumar: This is excellent. Works as advertised, real bandwidth saver. Confirmed by running iftop.
  • (2020-08-30) janet wong: works well. very helpful
  • (2020-08-23) Raju Bakthavatsalu: Thanks for this, really helps, hope this reduces unnecessary bandwidth.
  • (2020-08-17) Le Hany: it works fine. Thank you.
  • (2020-08-15) Yóu Çef: IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE VIDEO! IT ONLY HIDES IT, AND IT DOES NOT SAVE YOU ANY BANDWIDTH use glasswire software and test it by yourself
  • (2020-07-17) illus didi: ne fonctionne pas doesn't work
  • (2020-07-15) I'll Be Back: installed it and it worked. but i have a question. is the video really stop playing so i will use less data, or the video is still playing but the extension not showing it?
  • (2020-07-10) Kelvin Kofi Kwesie: Works for me. I'm able to concentrate better at work.
  • (2020-07-05) Jelo A: I would have rated it 5 if it keeps my speed setting. If I'm playing a playlist, the next video plays in normal speed.
  • (2020-07-05) Wistaro: Marche 1 fois sur 10, pas terrible comme extension...

Latest issues

  • (2021-05-01, v:0.9.0) gerryson mehta: yt music
    can it work on youtube music too ?
  • (2021-02-11, v:0.9.0) Gertjan Brouwer: Live YouTube
    It does not work on livestreams
  • (2021-01-24, v:0.9.0) Kundan: WHY DO U NEED MY BROWSER HISTORY?
    Remove this or get 1 star rating.
  • (2021-01-17, v:0.9.0) HUN7ER: Reading my browsing history?
    I would like to know why this extension, in order to work, needs permission to read my browsing history?
  • (2021-01-07, v:0.9.0) Yogurt T.: please add support youtube mobile m.youtube.com
    your extension work well but "m.youtube.com" is not support please make it work, thank so much for your effort
  • (2021-01-07, v:0.9.0) Yogurt T.: please add support youtube mobile m.youtube.com
    your extension work well but "m.youtube.com" is not support please make it work, thank so much for your effort
  • (2020-12-31, v:0.9.0) Jacob Nichols: permissions
    i am wondering why this extension needs access to the browser history, doesn't seem pertinent to its purpose...
  • (2020-12-14, v:0.9.0) Usman Ansari: no audio
    There is no sound for the video. I know that streaming is working, since I can enable/disable caption. Video is not updating, which is what I want. But no sound as well. I am on Apple MAC and Chrome. Any suggestions?
  • (2020-12-02, v:0.9.0) Demetrios Tsillas: Fantastic Utility: question for you
    Greetings, thank you for developing a publishing this useful tool. I am curious how it works. I'm not an expert but I have some background in html Is this method useful for other sites (other than youtube) or is it specific to youtube? I appreciate it if you can take a moment and help me understand it. thanks!!! -Demetri.
  • (2020-10-30, v:0.8.2) Alejandro Rufo: Not working on live streamings
    Today I've noticed that the extension doesn't work on live streamings. Until yesterday it was working OK on all kind of videos. Thanks!
  • (2020-10-26, v:0.8.2) Farjad Umrani: Advertisement Repeat
    The Advertisement audio goes on loop even after skipping. The extension assumes the advertisement as the actual video. Although I refresh, not a big issue, but still if there can be a workaround, would be great. Thanks.
  • (2020-09-17, v:0.8.2) ahre: stopped working
    it appears that a recent update to the player broke the extension. it doesn't work at all now.
  • (2020-08-17, v:0.8.2) Jack Dalton: no longer works
    youtube broke your extension, pls fix asap
  • (2020-08-15, v:0.8.2) Prithvi Anand: Add support for Youtube music
    though music means it should be audio, don't know why youtube forces us to watch video thanks to developers like you. please add this support to youtube music
  • (2020-08-04, v:0.8.2) Thushar Sreenivas: Video can play now
    Hi, there seems to be a problem in the extension with the latest build of Youtube. Video can now play.
  • (2020-07-02, v:0.8.2) Ryan Ali Cataga: Problem
    Hi, there seems to be a problem in the extension with the latest build of Youtube. Video can now play.
  • (2020-06-24, v:0.8.2) rmugunda TabTree: Audio Only Mode Not Working
    I have Installed Extention & Activated It. But Video Still Playing. What can I do
  • (2020-04-16, v:0.8.0) Kosala Rajapaksha: Bandwidth Usage?
    When using this plugin will it save bandwidth by not loading the videos at all. Is it only loading the audio stream and totally blocking the video? Basically will this help me save Data Quota from my network as I'm on a metered connection.
  • (2020-03-23, v:0.8.0) Daniel Tudorache: Audio Only Youtube stopped working
    Hello! Your module is great! Please fix it. Thank you!
  • (2020-03-19, v:0.8.0) CraZzY: Doesn't work anymore?
    As of today everytime I use the extension it gives me a playback error. Fix it plz
  • (2020-02-04, v:0.8.0) Hà Nguyễn Mạnh: It does not work on stream.
    you can improve this ? thank.
  • (2019-12-29, v:0.8.0) NATURAL GAMER: bandwidth
    will this play audio only or just hide video and play audio only
  • (2019-11-29, v:0.8.0) Soyän CHD: Permissions
    I'm confused as why the extension requiers to acces my history to work, could you enlighten me?
  • (2019-11-26, v:0.8.0) omer faruk: enable -disable without reload of page
    I want to use the button to enable -disable video without reload of page. just to check whats going on and continue disale , is it possbile to implement?
  • (2019-11-11, v:0.8.0) d c: Lack of clarity as to whether it stops or hides video/doesn't allow history record.
    Subject covers it; does it completely stop data usage for the video element or just somehow reduce it by some amount? Otherwise turning the resolution to 144 and turning the screen off - if this saves the same amount of data - also allows the red line indication of how much has been accessed to appear.
  • (2019-09-18, v:0.8.0) Ömer Faruk Dut: non fit image size to screen..
    when your extension is activiated , background image size gets expanded and we cant see full size of image. we see just a focused part of image center please do something. everything is good except this issue
  • (2019-06-18, v:0.8.0) Talrus: Music starting again when tab visited
    Hi! I use to play playlists on youtube in another tab at work, which works fine. If I visit the youtube tab however (to note the title of a music I like for example), the currently playing video restarts from the beginning :( I'm using Chrome 74.0.3729.169 (Official build) (64 bits) on macOS Mojave 10.14.5, if it makes a difference.
  • (2019-05-21, v:0.8.0) Vukan Spasić: Doesn't appear to work in streams
    Title says
  • (2019-03-13, v:0.8.0) Something stopped working
    I use audio-only youtube so that I can stream a playlist in the background and still have my screen saver will turn on, saving both energy and bandwidth. This is no longer working, as of March 13. I've tried disabling, updating, re-enabling, turning my browser on and off, etc. etc. However, even though it appears that the extension is working, i.e., a video isn't playing, my screen saver still isn't turning on because it senses that there's something active happening. Hopefully this is something that can be fixed?
  • (2018-11-11, v:0.7) can u give me exact steps on how to use the extension
    can u give me exact steps on how to use the extension
  • (2018-11-08, v:0.7) Ryo Furue: Per-tab switching?
    This extension is fantastic. Exactly what I wanted. If it's not too difficult, it would be nice if the setting is on a per-tab basis. Currently, it seems that the switch applies to all tabs.
  • (2018-09-24, v:0.7) Denise Harris: audio only
    the audio only on you tube was working yesterday it's not. listen to books on you tube don't need the video to run. it uses up all the time I have with my internet provider. help


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4.4 (495 votes)
Last update / version
2020-11-29 / 0.9.0
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