Enhanced YouTube Embed


Additional options and settings for embedding YouTube videos with the block editor:

  • Auto Play – Start playing the video as soon as the page loads
  • Hide Related Videos – At the end of the video there are normally recommended videos. This setting hides those.
  • Hide Video Controls – Hide the video controls
  • Disable Full Screen View – Disable full screen
  • Do not show video annotations by default – Normally video annotations display automatically. This setting hides those.
  • Loop Video – As soon as the video ends it starts playing again in an infinite loop
  • Minimal YouTube Branding – Hide the YouTube logo in the video player
  • Use Privacy Enhanced Mode – YouTube won’t automatically store information about visitors that visit the page the YouTube video is embedded on. Information will only be stored if the video is interacted with, such as played.
  • Display Closed Captions by Default
  • Interface Language – Set the interface language of the player with a 2 character language code
  • Default Closed Captions Language – Default closed caption language. Set with a 2 character language code
  • Video Start Time – Rather than start playing at the beginning, the video will start playing after the specified number of second
  • Video End Time – Rather than stop playing at the end of video, the video will stop playing at this many seconds into the video


  • 'Edit' view of the 'Enhanced YouTube Embed' block with various settings
  • Preview of the rendered video embed from settings in screenshot 1
  • 'Edit' view of the 'Enhanced YouTube Embed' block with different settings
  • Preview of the rendered video embed from settings in screenshot 3


  1. Go to any post type (posts, pages, etc) in the WordPress admin that supports the block editor
  2. Create a new post or edit an existing post
  3. A new ‘Enhanced YouTube Embed’ block will be available in the ‘Embed’ section of available blocks
  4. Select this block and configure as desired


I can’t play the video in the Block preview, in the WordPress admin. Why?

In order to allow the block to be clickable in preview mode and display the block controls, the interface of the video is disabled in the block preview mode.

What size will the video player display at on the front end?

The video will display at 100% of the width available. It will be displayed at the necessary height to maintain an aspect ration of 16:9.

Are YouTube Enhanced Embed video embeds responsive?

Yes. The video embed is responsive, maintaining an aspect ration of 16:9.


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