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How to Stop Autoplay Videos

Does your video suddenly play when you’re online? Turn off this “feature”.

If you read an article on a website and were surprised by the unexpected audio playback, then you have come across a website with so-called autoplay videos. Videos usually have ads associated with them, so the site will autoplay the video so the user can hear the ad. Here’s how to turn off video autoplay in the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • fire fox
  • Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
  • safari

Google Chrome

Google Chrome may be the worst browser for browsing AutoPlay. Google has removed the option to completely disable autoplay, and most extensions offer patch support at best. There are two options for handling autorun in Chrome, but neither is ideal.

Mute audio by default

The first option for Chrome to handle autoplay is to mute all audio by default. This will prevent unpleasant audio from echoing through the speaker, but the video will still play. You will also need to manually unmute the websites you want to hear the audio from.

Open Chrome.

to open the menu. three accumulated points top right.

Choose setting from the menu.

Settings in Chrome

Select in front of the Settings tab Privacy and security in the left menu

Screenshot of Chrome settings with 'Privacy & Security' heading highlighted

Choose from Privacy & Security page setup.

Screenshot of Chrome Settings with Website Settings heading highlighted

The tab slides to show the website settings in Chrome. scroll down Additional content settingsAnd choose it.

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Select additional content in advanced settings sound.

Sound options under Additional content settings

Find a switch Mute Websites Playing Sound Turn it on at the top of the page.

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To listen to audio from a site, right-click on that site’s tab. A menu will open. Choose Unmute website.

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Disable autoplay from shortcuts

We have disappointing news. Chrome includes a feature to disable autoplay (sort of). Google has intentionally made it inaccessible from your browser. However, it can be disabled via a command-line flag on the desktop shortcut icon. This will only work if you launch Chrome from a shortcut, so don’t forget to get into the habit of opening your browser this way. Also, it doesn’t seem to be guaranteed for all sites.

Right-click on the Chrome shortcut icon on your desktop.

Choose property from the menu.

property options

A new window will open with settings for the Chrome shortcut.

find target field. Place the cursor after the quotation marks. chrome.exe.

the target field of the attribute

Add a space and paste the following flags:

--autoplay-policy=user-required

Press down In order. You may need administrator privileges to make changes in Windows. Agree.

Add autoplay flag for Chrome shortcut

fire fox

You can disable automatic video playback in Firefox through your browser’s general privacy and security settings. Here’s how.

Choose 3 stack lines The menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Screenshot of Firefox with the More menu highlighted.

In the menu that opens, select Options/Settings.

Screenshot of Firefox with the Settings option highlighted.

The Options/Settings tab opens. Choose Privacy and security Tap on the left.

Scroll down until you see authority title. click setting other side auto play.

Autoplay Settings button in Firefox preferences

A new window will open for autoplay settings. use near the top Default for all websites drop-down menu to select Block audio and video.

Firefox autoplay settings

Press down save changes bottom right of the window.

Firefox blocks autoplay

Firefox also lets you use the same control to whitelist websites that can allow videos to autoplay, such as: B. YouTube or Streaming Services.

Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

Edge is Microsoft’s latest and best browser replacement for Internet Explorer. Edge has made several significant improvements in both performance and usability. This includes the ability to control how browsers handle autoplay videos.

Open Microsoft Edge.

Select to open the browser menu. three horizontal dots icon It’s in the upper-right corner of the screen.

More menus in Edge

Choose setting from the menu.

Edge settings

Choose from settings site permission.

Site permission title in Edge settings

click Media autoplay.

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Choose Border From the menu on the right side of the screen

Autoplay controls in Edge

safari

If you’re using the latest macOS (called High Sierra), you’re using the latest version of Safari, and you can easily turn off autoplay of videos on every website you visit. Here’s how.

Open a website that contains one or more videos.

Choose Settings for this website Under safari menu.

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where auto play window, choose one of the two stop media with sound or don’t play automatically.

Autoplay settings in Safari

Disable autoplay by default in Safari

Safari also lets you turn autoplay off by default, making it much easier to control which websites allow video autoplay and which don’t.

Choose setting Under safari menu.

Preferences option in Safari menu

Select web page tab.

Websites tab in Safari preferences

Choose auto play in the left menu

Autoplay title in site settings

search when you visit other websites bottom right. Select using the drop-down menu don’t play automatically.

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If you’re not running High Sierra, don’t worry, Safari 11 is available for Sierra and El Capitan. If you don’t have Safari 11, go to the Mac App Store and search for Safari. However, if you are using an older version of macOS than the ones listed above, you are out of luck.


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How to Stop Autoplay Videos

Videos suddenly playing when you’re online? Turn that ‘feature’ off

If you’ve been reading an article on a website and found yourself startled by audio playing when you didn’t expect it, you’ve encountered a site that has what’s called autoplay videos. Usually there’s an ad associated with the video, so the site plays the video automatically to make sure you hear (and hopefully see) the ad. Here’s how you can turn video autoplay off in the following browsers:

Google Chrome
Firefox
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
Safari
Google Chrome

Google Chrome may be the worst browser for navigating autoplay. Google stripped out any option for disabling autoplay completely, and most extensions have spotty support at best. There are two options for handling autoplay with Chrome, but neither is ideal.

Mute Audio by Default

Your first option for handling autoplay on Chrome is to mute all audio by default. This will prevent the obnoxious audio playback from blaring through your speakers, but the videos will still play. It also forces you to manually unmute any sites you want to hear audio from.

Open Chrome.

Open the menu by selecting the three stacked dots in the upper right.

Choose Settings from the menu.

Front the Settings tab, choose Privacy and security from the left side menu.

Under Privacy and security, choose Site Settings.

Your tab will shift to display Chrome’s site settings. Scroll down to the Additional content settings, and select it.

From the expanded Additional content settings, choose Sound.

Locate the toggle for Mute sites that play sound near the top of the page, and switch it on.

Whenever you want to hear sound from a site, right click the tab for that page. A menu will open up. Select Unmute site.

Disable Autoplay in Your Shortcut

Here’s a frustrating bit of news; Chrome does contain the ability to disable autoplay(sort of). Google purposefully made it inaccessible within the browser. You can disable it via a command line flag in your desktop shortcut icon, though. This will only work when you launch Chrome through the shortcut, so be mindful to make a habit of opening your browser that way. It also doesn’t appear to be a guaranteed for all sites, either.

On your desktop, right-click the Google Chrome shortcut icon.

Select Properties from the menu.

A new window will open up with the settings for your Chrome shortcut.

Find the Target field. Place your cursor following the quotes after chrome.exe.

Add a space and include the following flag.

–autoplay-policy=user-required

Press Ok. Windows may require admin permissions to make the change. Agree.

Firefox

You can disable video autoplay in Firefox through the browser’s regular privacy and security settings. Here’s how:

Select the three stack line menu icon in the upper right of the screen.

When the menu opens, choose Options/Preferences.

The Options/Preferences tab will open up. Select the Privacy & Security tab from the left.

Scroll down until you see the Permissions heading. Click Settings across from Autoplay.

A new window will pop up for your autoplay settings. Near the top, use the Default for all websites drop-down to select Block Audio and Video.

Press Save Changes in the bottom right of the window.

With Firefox, you can also use the same controls to safelist sites where you may want to allow videos to play automatically, like YouTube or a streaming service.

Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

Edge is Microsoft’s latest and greatest browser and the one replaces Internet Explorer. Edge has made some major improvements in both performance and usability. Among those is the ability to control how your browser handles autoplay videos.

Open Microsoft Edge.

Open your browser menu by selecting the three horizontal dot icon in the upper right of the screen.

Choose Settings from the menu.

In settings, select Site Permissions.

Click Media Autoplay.

Choose Limit from the menu on the right side of the screen.

Safari

If you are running the latest macOS (called High Sierra), that means you have the latest version of Safari and you can easily turn off video autoplay on any website you visit. Here’s how:

Open a website that contains one or more videos.

Select Settings for This Website under the Safari menu.

In the Auto-Play window, select either Stop Media with Sound or Never Auto-Play.

Disable Autoplay by Default in Safari

Safari also lets you disable autoplay by default, making it much easier to control which sites are and aren’t allowed to play videos automatically.

Select Preferences under the Safari menu.

Choose the Websites tab.

Choose Auto-play from the left side menu.

Look for When visiting other websites in the bottom right. Use the drop-down to choose Never Auto-play.

If you aren’t running High Sierra, have no fear because Safari 11 is available for Sierra and El Capitan. If you don’t have Safari 11, just go to the Mac App Store and search for Safari. If you are running an older version of macOS than that either of the ones listed just above, however, you’ll be out of luck.

#Stop #Autoplay #Videos

How to Stop Autoplay Videos

Videos suddenly playing when you’re online? Turn that ‘feature’ off

If you’ve been reading an article on a website and found yourself startled by audio playing when you didn’t expect it, you’ve encountered a site that has what’s called autoplay videos. Usually there’s an ad associated with the video, so the site plays the video automatically to make sure you hear (and hopefully see) the ad. Here’s how you can turn video autoplay off in the following browsers:

Google Chrome
Firefox
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
Safari
Google Chrome

Google Chrome may be the worst browser for navigating autoplay. Google stripped out any option for disabling autoplay completely, and most extensions have spotty support at best. There are two options for handling autoplay with Chrome, but neither is ideal.

Mute Audio by Default

Your first option for handling autoplay on Chrome is to mute all audio by default. This will prevent the obnoxious audio playback from blaring through your speakers, but the videos will still play. It also forces you to manually unmute any sites you want to hear audio from.

Open Chrome.

Open the menu by selecting the three stacked dots in the upper right.

Choose Settings from the menu.

Front the Settings tab, choose Privacy and security from the left side menu.

Under Privacy and security, choose Site Settings.

Your tab will shift to display Chrome’s site settings. Scroll down to the Additional content settings, and select it.

From the expanded Additional content settings, choose Sound.

Locate the toggle for Mute sites that play sound near the top of the page, and switch it on.

Whenever you want to hear sound from a site, right click the tab for that page. A menu will open up. Select Unmute site.

Disable Autoplay in Your Shortcut

Here’s a frustrating bit of news; Chrome does contain the ability to disable autoplay(sort of). Google purposefully made it inaccessible within the browser. You can disable it via a command line flag in your desktop shortcut icon, though. This will only work when you launch Chrome through the shortcut, so be mindful to make a habit of opening your browser that way. It also doesn’t appear to be a guaranteed for all sites, either.

On your desktop, right-click the Google Chrome shortcut icon.

Select Properties from the menu.

A new window will open up with the settings for your Chrome shortcut.

Find the Target field. Place your cursor following the quotes after chrome.exe.

Add a space and include the following flag.

–autoplay-policy=user-required

Press Ok. Windows may require admin permissions to make the change. Agree.

Firefox

You can disable video autoplay in Firefox through the browser’s regular privacy and security settings. Here’s how:

Select the three stack line menu icon in the upper right of the screen.

When the menu opens, choose Options/Preferences.

The Options/Preferences tab will open up. Select the Privacy & Security tab from the left.

Scroll down until you see the Permissions heading. Click Settings across from Autoplay.

A new window will pop up for your autoplay settings. Near the top, use the Default for all websites drop-down to select Block Audio and Video.

Press Save Changes in the bottom right of the window.

With Firefox, you can also use the same controls to safelist sites where you may want to allow videos to play automatically, like YouTube or a streaming service.

Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

Edge is Microsoft’s latest and greatest browser and the one replaces Internet Explorer. Edge has made some major improvements in both performance and usability. Among those is the ability to control how your browser handles autoplay videos.

Open Microsoft Edge.

Open your browser menu by selecting the three horizontal dot icon in the upper right of the screen.

Choose Settings from the menu.

In settings, select Site Permissions.

Click Media Autoplay.

Choose Limit from the menu on the right side of the screen.

Safari

If you are running the latest macOS (called High Sierra), that means you have the latest version of Safari and you can easily turn off video autoplay on any website you visit. Here’s how:

Open a website that contains one or more videos.

Select Settings for This Website under the Safari menu.

In the Auto-Play window, select either Stop Media with Sound or Never Auto-Play.

Disable Autoplay by Default in Safari

Safari also lets you disable autoplay by default, making it much easier to control which sites are and aren’t allowed to play videos automatically.

Select Preferences under the Safari menu.

Choose the Websites tab.

Choose Auto-play from the left side menu.

Look for When visiting other websites in the bottom right. Use the drop-down to choose Never Auto-play.

If you aren’t running High Sierra, have no fear because Safari 11 is available for Sierra and El Capitan. If you don’t have Safari 11, just go to the Mac App Store and search for Safari. If you are running an older version of macOS than that either of the ones listed just above, however, you’ll be out of luck.

#Stop #Autoplay #Videos


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