Three Methods to Pause AutoTrading on Your MetaTrader 5 Expert Advisor

James Hinton
2 min readMay 24, 2024

Autotrading can be a great way to take your strategy and scale it to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

However, there are times where you need to turn it off.

In this article, I’ll show you three easy ways to turn off autotrading on your MetaTrader 5 so that your Expert Advisor stops placing trades on your behalf.

A Quick Note

All the methods below assume that you are directly connected to your MetaTrader 5 terminal. If you are using a VPS, then follow this article to connect to it.

Method 1: Press Stop

The first option is to change the ‘Algo Trading’ button on your terminal to ‘Stop’. The GIF below shows me turning the algo trading off and on.

Method 2: Removing The Expert Advisor

Sometimes you might want to be more targeted in your approach, removing a specific EA, rather than a blanket STOP TRADING approach.

In this instance, you can remove the EA that needs to go.

Removing Your EA

Method 3: Turning Off Everything

Sometimes you might want to simply turn off everything. Maybe it’s just not your day.



James Hinton

Passionate algorithmic trader and Cyber Security expert. Love developing helpful content.