As the internet has now become faster than ever and with the increasing number of websites who consider embedding autoplay videos on the homepage of their website is alright. The autoplay videos may be useful for the website but are frustrating for some of us due to pertaining reasons. These autoplay videos slides down anywhere at the corner of the website like a picture in picture mode and some of them plays right in the middle waiting for us to close them down quickly to carry on with our work, not to mention about some of the websites autoplay videos having their sound enabled, which is quite disturbing at some moments.
Both Chrome and Firefox, which are the most commonly used web browsers, allows the video autoplay in their web browser’s policies as a default. But with letting such websites autoplay videos profuse such tools in their browser that allows them to stop these websites from erupting these annoying video autoplay. So, in this article, I will walk you through on how to disable video autoplay in Chrome and Firefox.
So let’s start with the guide…
Disabling Video Autoplay in Chrome:
Step 1: Modify the Autoplay Policy
Open up Chrome browser, and on the address bar type in this URL: “chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy” as shown above and hit enter.
After hitting enter, you’ll be directed to the Chrome features settings as shown above. The Autoplay policy feature will be highlighted for by the Chrome itself. Against the Autoplay policy, it will have a dropdown box as shown above. Simply click on the dropdown box, from the menu select the “Document user activation is required”. With selecting this option the browser will disable the autoplay of video until you interact with the webpage.
After selecting the “Document user activation is required” option the Chrome browser will enable a “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom. Simply, click on the “Relaunch Now” button to apply the changes to the Chrome browser as shown above.
Step 2: Disable Flash Video Playback:
Open up Chrome browser, from the top right corner, click on the overflow button (three vertical dots) to slide down the menu as shown above. Now from the menu, click on the settings option as highlighted above to open up Chrome settings.
After Chrome settings launch up, scroll down to the end until you find Advanced settings button as highlighted above. Simply click on the Advanced button to enable more settings for Chrome.
Now scroll further down, in Privacy & security block, find Content settings option. Simply click on the Content Settings option as highlighted above.
In Content settings, you can locate Flash settings from the list as shown highlighted above. Simply click on the Flash option to modify its settings.
In Flash settings, you can see a toggle button for “Ask first (recommended)”, simply turn off the toggle button as highlighted above. This will disable Flash and block such sites that use flash to run videos and other contents. Remember that these settings have to be changed each time you use Chrome after quitting it.
Step 3: Use Chrome Data saver extension
Chrome Data saver extension, reduces the data usage on a particular website that you visit by optimizing and compressing the site with the help of Google servers. By optimizing and compressing the site it also disables the video autoplay for less data usage. To use the extension on your Chrome click on this link: Chrome Data Saver
After clicking on the link above, you will be directed to the Data Saver extension page as shown above. Simply click on the “Add to Chrome” button as highlighted above. This will auto download and install in your Chrome.
After Adding to Chrome the Data saver will be activated on the Chrome and its icon will be located on the top right corner along with other extensions icon. Simply click on the icon to enable or disable the Data saver or to see the statistics.
Disable Video Autoplay in Firefox
To stop Video autoplay in Firefox Quantum you have to configure its features settings as well.
Open up your Firefox browser and type in the following URL in the address bar: “about:config” as highlighted above. Now hit Enter and you will be shown a warning message as shown above. Simply click on the “I accept the risk!” button as highlighted.
Now in the Search bar type in: “media.autoplay”, Firefox will auto find suitable options from the list as shown above. Now you can see that against “media.autoplay.default” option, its value is “0”, which means that Video autoplay is enabled. Simply double click the option, which will pop up a dialog box to change the value as shown above. Simply Change it to “1”, which will disable all autoplay videos, or, change it to “2” to get asked by the Firefox domain-bases about whether to autoplay video or not.
After changing to the desired value, simply click on the OK button to apply. Now simply restart your browser so the changes take effect.
That’s it! Hope this article helped you to know how to disable video autoplay in Chrome and Firefox. If you have any confusion or experienced any difficulty in following the instructions, please let us know in the comments section below.