YouTube™ Tools
A set of tools that enhance your YouTube experience
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YouTube™ Tools consists of a set of useful tools to enhance user experience on At the moment, you can stop YouTube from auto-buffering videos and stop YouTube from displaying annotations by default. For complete list of supported extensions please read FAQ 3.



  1. What is "YouTube use Flash Player" extension and how does it work?

    YouTube use Flash Player extension forces YouTube to use Flash player instead of the default HTML5 player. Flash player usually performances better specially on low end dives. To switch back to the default player, simply disable the extension. Note that this extension does not provide any UI. To make sure extension is functional, refresh a YouTube page and when the player is fully loaded, right click on the player. You should see Flash's context menu.

  2. What is "YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying)" extension and how does it work?

    YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying) extensions aims to stop YouTube from auto buffering videos upon a youtube page is loaded. The idea is to prevent YouTube from start buffering videos when a new tab or window is opened. Note that this extension is not going to stop YouTube from playing next tracks on an active window. It only works when a page is refreshed. So to stop YouTube from loading video segments on an already loaded page, please hit the refresh button once. When a player starts loading the video file, it will also be allowed to play next tracks. There are no aggressive stopping methods in this extension as those methods prevent you from watching playlists.

    As of version 0.1.5, this extension can stop auto-buffering (auto-playing) on:

    • all embedded YouTube players

    Note that the new permissions required in the version 0.1.5 is for being able to stop autoplaying for embedded players.

  3. What are the tools and how can I get them?

    YouTube use Flash Player: Always asks YouTube to prefer Flash player over the default HTML5 player. In Safari, you need to activate Flash player for YouTube website. Please follow

    YouTube Player AdBlocker: Do not let YouTube from displaying ads inside the player. Note that this is not an adblocker and hence is very lightweighted.

    YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying): Prevents YouTube from buffering video content until manually request so

    YouTube No Annotations: Do not allow YouTube from displaying annotations over the video player. Users still can ask for by turning annotations on from the settings menu

    YouTube in HD: Forces YouTube to stream in high definition quality.

    YouTube Stop Button: Adds an stop button to the player. By pressing this button, YouTube player will unload itself.

    YouTube auto Pasue and Resume: Automatically pauses YouTube player when page is hidden and resumes it when page is active

    YouTube Theater Mode (large view): Forces YouTube to prefer theater mode on startup. Still you can switch back to the normal view, however on next run, it will be on the theater mode again. Note that this extension uses a native method to perform this action which means there is no CSS or JS manipulation and hence the extension is very lightweighted and still the theater button works fine

  4. Is "YouTube use Flash Player" extension compatible with "YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying)" extension?

    No, Flash player is loaded once YouTube config file is populated and hence there is no easy way to manipulate this player.

  5. Is it possible to stop an already buffered YouTube video using YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying) extension?

    Yes, just hit the refresh button and wait for the player to fetch arguments one more time.

  6. What is "YouTube No Annotations" extension and how does it work?

    YouTube No Annotations aims to turn annotations off by default. YouTube by default displays annotations when a video uploader added them while uploading a video. Since these annotations are usaully very distracting, using YouTube No Annotations extension you can ask the player to stop loading them by default. Still you can turn them on from the settings gear button though.

  7. Can I still see annotations when using YouTube No Annotations extension?

    Of course. Just enable annotations from the gear button. This extension just requests YouTube player to not loading annotations by default. You still can enable them using the gear menu.

  8. What is "YouTube in HD" extension and how those it work?

    YouTube in HD automatically request YouTube to switch to an HD quality when a non-hd quality is selected. This extension can force YouTube to play in high definitions by requesting HD quality when YouTube switches to a non-HD quality.

  9. What's new in this version?

    Please check the Logs section.

  10. Is it possible to have all these settings in one extension?

    Well, there are some extensions out there that offer this, though I prefer to keep them isolated to have better maintenance when a single feature is malfunctioning. This way you can just install tools that you are actually using. Note that these extension have about zero impact in your browser performance.


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Editorial Review

YouTube is a popular video sharing platform and with the passage of time, its popularity has grown further. YouTube Tools extension is a powerful tool that is designed to make the YouTube experience smooth and enjoyable. It comes with some of the finest features which make YouTube lightweight and makes it easier to play videos fast. YouTube Tools add-on is not just one add-on, it has a variety of features that makes it a standout add-on. YouTube use Flash Player extension which forces YouTube to use Flash player instead of the default HTML5 player. Flash player usually performs better, especially on low-end devices. To switch back to the default player, simply disable the extension. Note that this extension does not provide any UI. You just have to refresh the YouTube page and it will start working automatically.

Some exciting features of this extension include No Auto-buffering, No annoying displaying annotations from YouTube and no Distractions from YouTube’s player. Now, you do not have to watch annoying annotations, there will be no distractions from YouTube’s player and also you can stop auto-buffering to save data. YouTube Tools also has an ad-blocker which blocks unwanted ads from YouTube. It can also stop ads that play before the video and you have to skip them. This add-on also forces YouTube to stream in high definition HD.

YouTube Tools is designed to make your YouTube smooth and lite. This add-on is available for different browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. The set of tools that YouTube Tools offer is one of a kind and very helpful. Playing videos from YouTube was never this smooth and fun. All this is now possible, because of a simple, very easy to use and interesting web browser extension simply known as YouTube Tools.

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    If you have questions about the extension, or ideas on how to improve it, please use the "Contact Developer" link above. Don't forget to search through the bug reports first as most likely your question/bug report has already been reported or there is a workaround posted for it.

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