How to Turn Off Lightsaber Effect on YouTube

I love the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But YouTube’s idea of integrating the lightsaber sound and effect into their web player has become really annoying lately. It ends up disturbing the viewing experience.

Remember that “Choose your faction” marketing that Google did before the release of the movie? That’s what causing all this and it will continue to disturb your streaming until you go set it back to default.. or until the promotion ends.

I just couldn’t endure it. If you’re on the same boat as I am, here’s how to disable that lightsaber effect on YouTube’s media player.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Change side button
  3. Go neutral! Click your name in the middle of the two factions
  4. Then click the Back to Default button.

That’s it. That lightsaber sound that blasts when you hover on the YouTube player should now stop.