How to Keep Video from Autoplaying in Your Web Browser

By July 30, 2014 No Comments

I multitask. Way more than I should. Don’t we all?

But I’m not always as slick and efficient about it as I’d like to be. One particular aspect of the Internet is fast becoming the bane of my existence: the autoplay feature on embedded media. I find it incredibly frustrating when I pull up a webpage whilst trying to concentrate on another project, only to be greeted with unwanted advertisements or video.

Fortunately, regardless of browser, there are a couple of quick fixes to make sure that videos don’t autoplay, irrespective of the file format used. (h/t to Nexxtep’s Taylor Hutchinson for his help).

Google Chrome

To stop flash videos playing:

  1. Go to settings>show advanced settings.
  2. From here, click the tab for content settings, and scroll down to plugins.
  3. Change the default setting as seen below:

chrome plugins

Unfortunately, this update won’t work for video and ads that use HTML5 instead of flash. For those, you’ll need to:

  1. Go to settings > Extensions (sidebar)
  2. Click “Get more extensions.”
  3. Search for an extension called “Magic Actions for YouTube.”
  4. Install this extension, then pull up the options.
  5. Check the box for “Stop Autoplay.”

chrome autoplay

You will still be able to play videos to your heart’s content, and you will just need to click on them to give permission to run.

For Mozilla Firefox

Unfortunately, changing the settings in Firefox to disable flash is less fool-proof. The bright side? One add-on will block everything. It’s called “Flashblock.”  To find it, just use Google to search for “firefox flashblock.” Download and enable the addo-on, restart your browser, and continue on your merry way.

Internet Explorer

If you’re still using IE, advertisements are probably the least of your problems.

Happy multitasking!



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