How do I get rid of press and hold for more options on YouTube?

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You may experience streaming issues with the YouTube™ app for several reasons. This information is provided to help you resolve these issues.

Common issues:

  • The message YouTube is unavailable. Please try again later appears on the TV screen.
  • The message YouTube has stopped appears on the TV screen.
  • The app gets stuck on the start screen (doesn't launch).

Note: These issues may appear when trying to use the YouTube app immediately after the TV was in standby mode. Because the TV takes a few seconds to reconnect to your internet network, in this case, try selecting CANCEL or exit the app and then try again.

Network conditions and internet connection

Network conditions or your internet connection are often the cause of video streaming issues. Check the following:

  • There may have been a temporary network problem, try closing the YouTube app, then re-open it and try again.
  • Your internet connection may be running slow or experiencing a connection problem. Reset your modem/router by removing the power for about a minute, reconnecting power and turning it back on, and waiting until the connection is established before trying again.
  • Test your internet connection using another device (smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.) to verify your internet is working and the speed is fast enough for streaming YouTube content. For the YouTube recommended internet speed, check the YouTube support website
    How do I get rid of press and hold for more options on YouTube?
    (Quick Settings) button, then select Settings → System → Restart → Restart
  • On the supplied remote control, press the HOME button, then select Settings → About → Restart → Restart
  • On the supplied remote control, press the HOME button, then select Settings → Device Preferences → About → Restart → Restart

  • Clear the app data and cache or initialize the YouTube app.

    This issue may be resolved by clearing the app data and cache or initializing the YouTube app. These steps may vary depending on your TV model and the software version installed. If you need model-specific information to perform any step, check your manual. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

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    To pin apps to the taskbar

    1. Select Start , select the arrow next to All apps, right-click the app, then select More > Pin to taskbar.

    2. If the app is already open on the desktop, press and hold (or right click) the app's taskbar icon, and then select Pin to taskbar.

    Note: To remove a pinned app from the taskbar, right-click the app icon, then select Unpin from taskbar.

    To add shortcuts to the desktop

    1. Press and hold (or right-click) the desktop, then select New > Shortcut.

    2. Enter the location of the item or select Browse to find the item in File Explorer, then select the location and select OK.

      YouTube automatically hides the overlay buttons (pause, play, fast-forward, and rewind) when you play a video. If the buttons show up, tapping a blank space on the video player hides the buttons in the background. But that isn’t the case for some YouTube users.

      For instance, in this YouTube Community thread, many users can’t get the pause button off their screens when watching videos. We’ll explain why YouTube’s pause button is not disappearing and six ways to resolve the problem.

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      How do I get rid of press and hold for more options on YouTube?

      Why Is YouTube’s Pause Button Not Disappearing?

      Several factors cause YouTube not to hide the overlay buttons when playing videos. Sometimes, the problem could be due to a temporary glitch on your device or the YouTube app. We also discovered that your device’s accessibility settings could also impact how YouTube manages the overlay buttons.

      Listed below are some troubleshooting steps that’ll help fix the YouTube pause button not disappearing issue.

      1. Force Close the YouTube App

      Forcefully closing YouTube is sometimes sufficient to restore the overlay buttons’ behavior, especially if the issue is due to a temporary disruption. Try and see if it helps.

      Force Close YouTube on iOS

      On your iPhone or iPad, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause when a preview of recently-used apps shows up on the screen. For devices with a Home button, double-clicking the Home button will reveal active applications. Locate YouTube and swipe up on the app’s preview.

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      Re-open YouTube, play a video, and check if that resolves the issue.

      Force Close YouTube on Android

      Unlike iOS, Android ships with a dedicated “Force Stop” functionality that permanently terminates an app in the background. Here’s how to forcefully close YouTube on your Android device.

      1. Hold the YouTube icon and tap the info 🛈 icon.

      How do I get rid of press and hold for more options on YouTube?

      1. Tap the Force Stop icon.

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      1. Select OK on the confirmation prompt to proceed.

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      1. Afterward, tap Open to relaunch YouTube.

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      Check if YouTube now hides the pause button when you play a video or tap the player’s screen.

      2. Change YouTube’s Accessibility Settings (Android Only)

      The Android Accessibility menu contains tools that allow users to modify how they interact with on-screen elements on their devices—particularly people with visual, hearing, speech, and physical disabilities.

      The YouTube mobile app for Android devices also has an Accessibility option that lets users with disabilities easily control video playback. When enabled, the player controls stay on the screen permanently.

      There are two things you can do to make the overlay buttons fade into the background:

      • Disable the player’s Accessibility option.
      • Configure YouTube to hide the player controls after a fixed period. 

      We’ll show you how to do both.

      Disable Accessibility Player for YouTube (Android Only)

      As mentioned earlier, only the Android version of the YouTube app comes with a built-in Accessibility option in the settings menu. Here’s how to make the YouTube pause button (and other controls) disappear during playback:

      1. Launch YouTube and tap the profile picture or avatar at the top-right corner.

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      1. Select Settings.

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      1. Select Accessibility.

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      1. Toggle off the Accessibility player option.

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      Disable Accessibility Player for YouTube (Android Only)

      Say you use the Accessibility feature, but you also don’t want the player controls glued to the screen while watching videos. What to do? Simply set a timeout for the player controls within YouTube or from your device’s settings menu.

      1. Open the YouTube’s Accessibility menu (YouTube > Settings > Accessibility), toggle on Accessibility player, and tap Hide player controls.

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      1. Select your preferred timeout from the preset options.

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      The maximum timeout for the button control within the YouTube app is 30 seconds. You can extend this timeout from Android’s built-in Accessibility settings. Proceed to Step 6 to learn more.

      1. On the “Hide player controls” option, select Use device settings.

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      1. Afterward, open your device’s Settings app, select Accessibility, and select Time to take action (Accessibility timeout).

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      1. Select how long you want the YouTube player controls to stay on the screen before they fade into the background.

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      Note: Modifying the “Time to take action” duration will also affect the behavior of system and app notifications. For instance, selecting “30 seconds” will hide the YouTube overlay buttons after 30 seconds. Likewise, some app notifications will also stay on the screen for 30 seconds before disappearing from the screen. 

      3. Clear YouTube’s Cache Data

      Applications store temporary files (also called “Cache files” or “Junk files”) on your device as you use them. Although cache files should help applications perform better and faster, they sometimes lead to performance hiccups in the long run. Deleting these junk files can resolve simple and complex performance issues.

      If YouTube’s pause button still isn’t disappearing despite modifying its accessibility setting, clear the app’s cache and check again.

      1. Long-press the YouTube icon and tap the info 🛈 icon.

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      1. Select Storage & cache.

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      1. Tap the Clear Cache icon.

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      4. Update YouTube

      Mobile applications will malfunction if outdated or bug-ridden. If a component of the YouTube app isn’t working correctly on your mobile device, check if there’s an update available for the app. Head to the YouTube page on the Google Play Store (for Android) or the App Store (for iOS) and tap Update.

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      5. Reset YouTube

      This is similar to uninstalling and reinstalling the app, except that you cannot uninstall YouTube as it’s a system app on Android. However, you can reset the app to factory default and re-update it from the Play Store. That could help eliminate bugs causing the overlay button not to disappear.

      1. On the YouTube app info page and tap the three-dot menu icon on the top-right corner.

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      1. Select Uninstall updates.

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      1. Select OK on the confirmation prompt.

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      1. Wait for your Android to uninstall YouTube updates, restart your device, and re-update YouTube from the Play Store.

      6. Update Your Device

      Updating your device is a good idea 90 percent of the time, especially if you’re having difficulties using certain apps. When you’ve tried everything and YouTube’s overlay buttons still aren’t disappearing, check if there’s an update available for your device.

      • For Android, head to Settings > System > System update and tap Check for updates. 
      • On iPhone and iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update and wait for your device to check new Android updates.

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      How do you make press and hold for more options go away?

      Press and hold the button and it will bring up a sub menu. Just back out of that sub menu and you should be good to go.

      How do I get rid of YouTube screen controls?

      Disable Accessibility Player for YouTube (Android Only) Open the YouTube's Accessibility menu (YouTube > Settings > Accessibility), toggle on Accessibility player, and tap Hide player controls.

      Why is my Apple TV showing press and hold for more options?

      Verify that both devices (still) have the CEC functionality turned on, or both turned off. They should match. On Apple TV, the CEC settings is: Settings﹥Remotes and Devices﹥Control TVs and Receivers﹥On. If the issue persists, then reset the HDMI connection by disconnecting the HDMI cable on both ends, then reconnect.