1. Chriswaterguy's Avatar
    I've turned off in annoying in-app browser (Chrome custom tab) in most of my apps, but I can't find the setting in YouTube. Anyone?

    [Edit to clarify: I mean that I click a link in the description or in a comment, and it opens in a "custom tab" within the YouTube app. I.e. the in-app browser, which doesn't have the cookies or settings of my Chrome browser.
    I want it to open in Chrome instead.]

    I suppose it's possible it doesn't let me turn it off, but in every other app I could turn it off somewhere in settings.

    I asked @TeamYouTube on Twitter but they seemed to have no idea.

    (I keep a list of these settings in a Twitter thread, so I can quickly find what I need when I get a new phone: https://twitter.com/chriswaterguy/st...12409003855872 )

    My phone: Nokia 5.3. (Android One i.e. a pure Android.)
    Steph6n likes this.
    08-02-2021 10:50 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    Hi, long press YouTube icon then tap info>scroll to open by default and turn them off the links
    08-02-2021 11:14 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    You're talking about things like links in the video description, right?
    08-03-2021 12:53 AM
  4. Chriswaterguy's Avatar
    You're talking about things like links in the video description, right?
    Yes
    08-03-2021 06:37 PM
  5. Chriswaterguy's Avatar
    Hi, long press YouTube icon then tap info>scroll to open by default and turn them off the links
    I think you're talking about the reverse behaviour – opening YouTube links in the app.

    I mean that I click a link in the description or in a comment, and it opens in a tab within the YouTube app. The in-app browser, which doesn't have the cookies or settings of my Chrome browser.

    I want it to open in Chrome.
    08-03-2021 06:41 PM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    I think you're talking about the reverse behaviour – opening YouTube links in the app.

    I mean that I click a link in the description or in a comment, and it opens in a tab within the YouTube app. The in-app browser, which doesn't have the cookies or settings of my Chrome browser.

    I want it to open in Chrome.
    Try in settings of chrome and check desktop
    08-03-2021 06:49 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I think you're talking about the reverse behaviour – opening YouTube links in the app.

    I mean that I click a link in the description or in a comment, and it opens in a tab within the YouTube app. The in-app browser, which doesn't have the cookies or settings of my Chrome browser.

    I want it to open in Chrome.
    I looked into this as well, and I can see what you're taking about -- tapping on any link in the description within the YouTube app will only open the link in the app browser, not Chrome or any other browser you choose. I can't find any setting to change that either.

    I suppose one workaround would be to view YouTube videos on the YouTube mobile site in Chrome, but that won't be as functional as the app. I suggest sending feedback to Google about this from within the YouTube app's settings.
    Steph6n likes this.
    08-04-2021 12:54 AM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    So further testing , I can open YouTube in browser just click in the YouTube app open in other links instead of in appHow to disable the in-app browser in the YouTube app?-screenshot_20210804-020149_settings.jpgHow to disable the in-app browser in the YouTube app?-screenshot_20210804-020207_chrome.jpg
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-04-2021 02:04 AM
  9. Chriswaterguy's Avatar
    So further testing , I can open YouTube in browser just click in the YouTube app open in other links instead of in app
    Just curious, what's your device?
    08-04-2021 08:35 PM
  10. mustang7757's Avatar
    Just curious, what's your device?
    I tried this on my pixel 5 and Note 20u
    08-04-2021 08:42 PM
  11. Chriswaterguy's Avatar
    So further testing , I can open YouTube in browser
    Wait, no. I mean, if you're in the YouTube app and there's a link in the description, and you click it, I want that to open in Chrome.
    08-07-2021 09:32 AM
  12. mustang7757's Avatar
    Wait, no. I mean, if you're in the YouTube app and there's a link in the description, and you click it, I want that to open in Chrome.
    That im not aware of , sorry
    08-07-2021 12:40 PM
  13. HershL's Avatar
    Isn't this set by the system default browser?

    I don't have one set, so it asks me each time which browser and then will open it that browser.
    08-28-2021 04:34 PM
  14. B. Diddy's Avatar
    This thread is seriously testing my resolve with all the brains giving answers to a TOTALLY DIFFERENT QUESTION.
    Obviously not reading what the OP is saying.
    You're in the YouTube app. You tap on a link. It opens up the IN-APP browser. From there you can tap the top-right corner three dots menu and select "Open in Chrome".
    The question is how to get YouTube to skip that step and open directly in Chrome right away. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, all have that option available.
    Yeah, I mentioned that in my previous post no. 7 above. I couldn't find any solution, so recommended sending feedback to Google about it.
    ManiacJoe and Steph6n like this.
    10-19-2021 11:46 PM
  15. Steph6n's Avatar
    Yeah, I mentioned that in my previous post no. 7 above. I . . . recommended sending feedback to Google about it.
    Good advice.
    It's also a little surprising that Google, who owns YouTube, doesn't have that option from the outset.
    10-21-2021 12:32 PM
  16. Bldwnd's Avatar
    Good advice.
    It's also a little surprising that Google, who owns YouTube, doesn't have that option from the outset.
    I found a solution for this very problem. If you select a default browser that ISN'T Chrome, YouTube in-app browser will not open the links to web sites in the comments or description section. It will open in the default browser. Google is integrating these controls to keep you on YT, but for me it has the opposite effect.

    Why is this important to me? Let's say I am watching a review video and I want to check prices on one of the items from a link from the description while the video keeps playing in PIP mode. This works fine in Firefox or duck duck go, but if I click the link while the video is playing with Chrome as default, the video stops and this broken little half browser opens.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-11-2021 12:25 PM
  17. username#AC's Avatar
    I take it this works if the other browser isn't Chromium-based, rather than just not Chrome. It still does it with Brave, which is what landed me on this thread in the first place. What browser did you use? Firefox?
    11-28-2021 12:36 PM
  18. hirosensei's Avatar
    I've been having this problem with no defaults set (and with other apps as well, e.g. tumblr) and I just figured out how to stop the in-app browsers: just disable Chrome. Since they all use Chrome (as evidenced by checking your browsing history in Chrome), disabling Chrome prevents them from opening in the first place.
    Unfortunately, if you actually wanted to use Chrome, then this doesn't help, but for me personally the fact that the links were technically opening in Chrome was the biggest reason I wanted the in-app browsers gone.
    12-21-2021 01:41 PM

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