Stop Annoying Autoplay Videos in Any Browser

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There are few things more annoying than landing on a website and hearing a video start playing before you even begin browsing. It is even worse if you use tabbed browsing. If you open a series of tabs, you then have to go through them all to find the offending video to turn it off. That is what prompted this tutorial on how to stop annoying autoplay videos in any browser.

Not only is it bad design to have autoplay media on a web page, it is also bad manners. If I want to watch a video, I will watch one. If I want to explore the media on a site, I will. Don’t push it into my face or I will simply go elsewhere. While many websites have gotten the message there are a few out there, CNET, who think they know best what I want to see. You don’t.

If you’re surfing the web on a mobile device, it’s even worse. Not only is screen real estate wasted on invasive advertising, your data allowance is also being used by something you don’t even want to see. So here is how to stop both flash video and HTML5.

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Stop autoplay videos in Chrome

To stop autoplay videos in Chrome you use a tweak for Flash but have to use an addon for HTML5.

  1. Open Chrome and select the three line menu icon and Settings.
  2. Show advanced settings and select Content settings.
  3. Select Flash and Block sites from running Flash.

Now when you see a video on a page, you should see a gray box with a jigsaw piece in it. Click to watch, ignore to not. If you keep your version of Chrome up to date, this should be enabled by default as it no longer supports Flash playback.

To block HTML5 videos in Chrome you need a plugin.

  1. Visit this site and download the Stop YouTube HTML5 Autoplay plugin. It links to the Google Play Store but the link keeps changing so you may have to search the store for it if the link doesn’t work.
  2. Or try Disable HTML5 Autplay.
  3. Install and enable the plugin.

Now HTML5 video should stop autoplaying on every site, including YouTube.

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Stop autoplay videos in Firefox

Firefox enables you to stop HTML5 vide from loading automatically when you land on a page. As it no longer supports Flash playback this is your only option.

  1. Open Firefox and type about:config into the URL bar.
  2. Click I’ll be careful I promise if you see the popup window.
  3. Search for ‘media.autoplay.enabled’ and double click to set it to false.

Now when you land on a page, the video window should appear but not play automatically. Neither should it buffer just in case you want to watch it later.

Stop autoplay videos in Opera

Opera is based on Chromium, so the same instructions apply.

  1. Open Opera and select the menu icon and then Settings.
  2. Show Advanced settings and select Content settings.
  3. Select Flash and Block sites from running Flash.

 

To block HTML5 videos in Opera you need the same plugin as in Chrome.

  1. Visit this site and download the Stop YouTube HTML5 Autoplay plugin. As in Chrome, the link doesn’t always work so you may have to search for it.
  2. Or try Disable HTML5 Autplay.
  3. Install and enable the plugin to block HTML5 videos.

Stop autoplay videos in Safari

To autoplay videos in Safari you need to enable debugging mode and then implement a quick tweak.

  1. Open Terminal and make sure Safari is closed.
  2. Type ‘defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1’, hit Enter and close Terminal.
  3. Open Safari and select the new Debug option in the top menu.
  4. Select Media Flags and Disallow Inline Video.

This will stop all videos from playing automatically in Safari.

If you don’t want Debug options, turn it off again.

  1. Open Terminal and type ‘defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 0’.
  2. Hit Enter and close Terminal.

Stop autoplay videos in Edge

Microsoft Edge allows you to turn off Flash but it doesn’t actually work too well as it turns it off completely without the option to play when you want it to. It doesn’t have the ability to block HTML5 video as yet either. Hopefully, with an update to the browser coming in the Creator’s Update, that should change.

  1. Open Edge and select the Settings menu.
  2. Select View advanced settings and toggle off Use Adobe Flash Player.

I’m currently using the Insider Preview of the Creator’s Update and it still doesn’t work fully. Hopefully it is something that will be fixed before release.

So there you go. That’s how to stop annoying autoplay videos in any browser. Got any other ways to achieve the same goal? Tell us about them below!

Posted by Jamie on February 22, 2017

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