How to remove related videos from the end of an embedded YouTube video

As I’m sure you’ve seen, YouTube displays related videos at the end of videos you have viewed. This can be useful, but this can also be problematic. For example, we were recently working on a very personal project for a client. This client had a great video to use for their cause, but because the project was so personal to them, they felt uncomfortable that all these random, unconnected videos were being offered to viewers at the end of the video.

I remembered that I had seen that you can remove related videos from the end of a YouTube video. It turns out, it’s really quite easy to do!

Let’s say I want to embed this adorable kitten video in my site to share it with my readers:

You see all those supposedly related cute kitten videos at the end? How can YouTube dare to even compare this video with others? In order to make sure you are completely focused on this cute kitten, I will remove the related videos from the end. Note: you can only do this on embedded videos, and not on YouTube itself.

  1. Go to the video’s individual page on YouTube. In this case, the individual page is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8GHf-aELjY.
  2. On the bottom of the video, click Share.
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  3. Once you click Share, a new area slides open underneath the video with a shortlink for sharing the video. It also presents an Embed button. Click that.
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  4. When you click Embed, another area opens up underneath that offers you the embed code, and also a number of options to allow you to customize the video’s appearance on your site. The first option is a checkbox that says “Show suggested videos when the video finishes.” Make sure that box is unchecked. If you look at the embed code, you’ll see that it adds a parameter after the video’s URL: . “Rel” means related videos, and 0 is a binary command, meaning No.
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  5. Copy the embed code and paste wherever you want the video to appear! See below:

While I was searching for this solution, I came across a list of parameters that you can add to YouTube embed code to customize the player: YouTube Embedded Players and Player Parameters. For example, let’s say I think that the above video speaks for itself, and doesn’t need the title to appear on the player. To remove the title, I would add another parameter to the video’s URL in the embed code. So the URL would change from

to

(note the use of the & to add another parameter). Here’s the final embed code:

And here’s how the video looks without the related videos or title:

Other things you can customize in your player with these parameters are if it autoplays, loops, starts or ends at a particular point in the video, and more!

  • Useful stuff – but what do we do with the non embeded videos?

    • Mohammad Faisal

      Just add a query string “?rel=0” to the link.

      • add to the end of the link?

      • Liz

        Thanks! I couldn’t remember how to do this!

  • Miriam Schwab

    Ariel, if by non-embedded videos you mean YouTube videos that are on the YouTube site – you can’t control how those videos appear on YouTube.

  • Miriam- you rock! I made a lovely slide show for my b&b site (www.casacaesarea.com) but the damn images YouTube was embedding were tacky and awful. Not until I found this article from you did I find out how to get rid of them. Thank you!!!

    • Miriam Schwab

      Anne, I’m really glad that this tutorial helped you!

  • This is what I have been looking for from last one hour. Didn’t know that this may be too simple. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Sara OC

    Thanks so much for posting this up. Very clear and extremely useful. I needed to stop the referral videos on a site for young readers, and now I can!

  • Hi, Thanks for this. I tried a couple of other suggestions which were obviously out of date. This one sorted out my problem and is so simple when you know how. (Dec 2012)

  • That used to work, but just did that for a video and regardless of whether I check the box or not, I still get related videos at the end. Anyone see that?

  • Seems like when I added the “&showinfo=0” then it stopped displaying the related videos.

  • Hi Miriam,

    great tip. Removing the title worked. Do you have suggestions on removing the video player at the bottom?

    All I want viewers to see is a play button in the middle of the video.

    • Miriam Schwab

      What do you mean by removing the video player at the bottom? Do you mean you want to remove the controls from the bottom, where the play bar and volume are?

  • Yes remove the controls that appear at the bottom.

    Also, I noticed when I removed the title my video now has black space above and below the video. Anyway to remove that?

    • Miriam Schwab

      To remove the controls, and have the video autoplay, try adding the following parameters: modestbranding=1;autohide=1&showinfo=0&controls=0;

      Re the black space – sorry, I don’t know what’s causing that. Might have to do with a misplaced bracket or quotation mark.

  • hollysnails

    thanks I needed this!

  • Edward

    I have tried several videos and I don’t get that selection in order to avoid related videos. I just get

    Use HTTPS [?]
    Enable privacy-enhanced mode [?]

  • melissa

    I keep adding this -trying to add the following parameters

    ?auotplay=1&rel=0&autohide=1 -it keeps removing the rel=0 every time I save. Also if I change the size of the iframe it deletes the numbers back to the original. Why???!! Arg.

  • Miriam, THANK YOU for posting this tip. It was aggravating to see these video suggestions at the end of embedded videos on our website. It implied to our customers that we were endorsing those videos which we did not, in addition to the fact, videos of our competition were also suggested.

  • Hi Thank you so much for your very clear suggestions. Before I found your posts, I tried to “trick” the YouTube by adding about 30 seconds of just black to words title. After I found your suggestions, I tried to do what you recommend – found all the part, even removed twice myYouTube clip and she I got back to it -the same imposed YouTube stuff is at the end of these 30 seconds!!! Why

    Also I want to know if I leave leave the clip with this blank space at the end – would the “view” be counted or not?

    Thanks for being a bright light in this frustrating tunnel of YouTube trick!
    Nada

  • zara carkner

    I’ve tried this, and when I post onto my client’s Facebook page, the video still plays with the suggested videos at the end. what am I doing wrong?

  • Michael Dionne

    Any webmaster or programmer has a solution to append ?rel=0 automatically at end of an embedded Youtube video? I am programming a new browser (using the IE engine) aimed specifically at kids, and keeping track of the videos they are viewing is apparently impossible since most embedded Youtube videos have this feature set to on that allow them to see other videos when the first one ends… because the URL does not change..
    For the sake of making the Internet a better place for kids, thanks in advance for any help or hint!
    Skype ID: nuganx

  • Thank you for the useful and easy to follow information which I applied to the embedded video on my website and the related videos at the end are gone.

    Shadi

  • Thank you SO very much!!

  • Keith

    I did what you said here-good stuff.
    I have the box unchecked, but it still suggests the videos.
    What else can I do?

  • mindy

    I can follow all your steps, but I get lost at the end of step 4 and the beginning of 5. Where am I supposed to cut and paste the code to? I have unchecked the box. I follow all the steps, I just do not understand what I do with the code. Thanks for your help.

  • Boo

    Hi i have got the youtube video embedded on my website but the title of the video is appearing twice on the top. Could any one please help me out in this?

    Thanks in advance

  • Shailesh Kulkarni

    Hi,

    Thank you very much. Your tutorial helped me alot in embeddeding video im my website.

    I want to know is there any method or event where i can capture the event when video is ended. I want to call other .aspx page when video ends.

    Pl help me doing this.

    Regards,
    Shailesh

    • Miriam Schwab

      Shailesh, with YouTube videos you can’t do any event capturing or redirecting.

  • tal

    thank you. easy and helpfull 🙂

  • Fantastic tip, thank you! My customer were stuck watching you tube rather than getting back to order a product, by not providing them with the temptation of carrying on watching you tube is going to be very beneficial 🙂

  • Benoit Champoux

    Thanks a lot it help me to get rid of unwanted videos!

  • Emma

    Thanks!! It worked great. Now I just have to remember to cut and paste my embedded videos onto blogger instead of uploading them from YouTube.

  • Jean-Michel

    Thanks Mariam, you’re the best!! Been looking/ searching on howe to do this!! You rocK!!

  • Hi Miriam, I found everything but one thing to be very easy in setting up the basic slide show style video that I uploaded to YouTube. When I created the video, it automatically created a feature that I don’t want. The slides pan/zoom in slowly as the video proceeds. Where on the video manager do I go to stop this panning/zooming in and out so the slides are just still? The reason is because I have text on the slides that you can’t read around the edges of the slides once it zooms in far enough. Totally defeating the purpose of having the text on the slides which is important information for anyone viewing it. Thanks.

  • James

    PLEASE help us figure out how to embed Youtube videos on Facebook without related videos showing at the end. The embed code above doesn’t work for facebook.

  • Thank You! Just the information I need.

  • Thanks for this post. I was trying to embed on a wordpress.com site and noticed that it kept overriding the html and putting a short code in instead. To solve the problem I just manually entered the ?rel=0 after the URL and that seemed to do the trick for my video at http://juliettenolan.com.
    Funny thing was it was a video about insomnia and throwing up random related videos at the end is a surefire way to lose sleep! 🙂
    Thanks for the post – really helpful

  • Sandra

    Thanks = this works great if you are embedding from the youtube site either with the link or embed code right there under share. I have a different issue. We are using Blogger for classroom websites at a lower primary school. Blogger talks directly to the teachers’ your tube accounts and videos are able to be embedded through a Blogger post or page BUT related videos show up:(
    I want to know how to easily teach my teachers to add/paste in an additional command into the html view to get RID related video – really tacky on an educational site in a school domain!

  • lisa

    thank you juliette! i was having a similar problem on my wordpress blog… i was following the direction here but not seeing results with leaving that seemingly helpful little box unchecked. pasting the url and adding ?rel=0 at its end did the trick! hoorah!

  • Lena

    Thanks ..This works perfectly..

  • great tips Miriam – I added the ?rel=0 at the end and it worked perfectly 🙂

    • Miriam Schwab

      I’m glad it worked for you Andy!

  • Krishna

    Hey can we add some of our advertisement before playing the embed video. If possible how?

  • Greetings!

    I noticed a previous reply to another member that you posted regarding ?rel=0

    I have a number of Youtube videos that I am using on one page and want them to load fast– I am using

    Which works fine (it only loads the youtube when clicked).

    The issue:

    I don’t want to play recommended videos when the video ends. I have tried inserting ?rel=0 as well as &rel=0 etc.at various place in the code but cannot get it to work.

    If you have any insights to this, I would be most grateful

    FYI: website is borrowthepower.com

    Thanks,
    /Peterjj

  • Gary

    I am placing the video in a Google Form. The editor does not allow for embedding codes, just providing a link to the video. Do you know of any way to remove the related videos when not embedding the html?

  • anila

    Thanks Miriam ,It is worked perfectly 🙂

  • Alison

    Thanks, great and simple, it does exactly what it says on the tin…

  • I am certainly not a spammer! I am a web administrator with a local government organization. But that’s ok, I don’t mind not having my comment posted – just wanted to say thanks 🙂

    • Miriam Schwab

      Thanks Sheila! Nothing personal, but we get our fair share of spammers. Thanks for saying thanks!

  • manish sil

    thank you

  • great tip. Removing the title worked. Do you have suggestions on removing the video player at the bottom?
    All I want viewers to see is a play button in the middle of the video.

  • I can follow all your steps…I needed for your point “How to remove related videos from the end of an embedded YouTube video” its very clea …So Thanks for Sharing your information….

    Web Video Player

  • Hi Miriam,
    Thanks so much for posting this!

    I have tried unchecking the box AND adding the ?rel=0 but neither will work!
    Arrrrgh, tearing my hear out here (well not really, that would be painful).

    If you have ANY idea how to remove this from my vid, please let me know.
    Thanks!
    Chrissy 🙂

  • Gary

    Thank you for posting this, your a life saver!

  • Thanx for the info. Really appreciate.

  • Great tips, i wonder if possible to remove advertising banners too..

  • Jethro Higgins

    I just looked for this option and it appears to be missing now. Does any body have the actual embed code where this option was checked? Maybe we can still code it even though the check box is gone?

  • Randy

    hello…i am NOT a spammer. i am just someone trying to get the related videos to NOT dispay on the last video of my playlist. i have multiple playlists that i am constructing. thank you …again I say that i Am NOT a SpammEr

  • Kari

    I don’t know why your system “recognized you as a spammer”, I am just trying to figure out how to remove related videos at the end of my video. They are inappropriate for my audience. I have tried to follow your very clear instructions, but I do not see the same choices. I do not see a “Share” button. Perhaps this is because my video is unlisted. I even listed it temporarily public, but no Share button appears. How do I access the code?

  • Kari

    It worked! I needed to copy and paste the edited code on my site, that was the part I missed. Thank you so very much. I worked on this for an entire day with no success until I found your article.

    • Miriam Schwab

      I’m glad it worked for you Kari! And I’m sorry our site recognized you as a spammer. We had terrible spam issues so we implemented an anti-spam system which unfortunately has a lot of false positives.

  • Hi Miriam,

    Thanks so much for the information.

  • You have saved me from going through so much trouble. Thanks so very much. Sometimes its amazing that technology and coding seems easy enough 😀

  • Mamie Sarr

    Thanks for sharing! Is there a solution to work for more than one embedded video at once?