Autoplaying videos on websites can be a real nuisance, consuming valuable data and slowing down your internet connection. It’s an even bigger problem when videos play in the background, especially on sites that automatically play one video after another without permission. If you’re tired of websites that follow this practice, today we’ll show you how to disable video autoplay on your web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge). This guide will help you get rid of one of the biggest annoyances on the internet.

Disable video autoplay on your web browser (updated April 2021)

This tutorial will show you how to disable autoplay videos on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge on desktop and mobile. So without further ado, let’s go.

Stop autoplaying videos on Google Chrome

Google Chrome does not provide a built-in method to disable autoplay videos. You can only disable autoplay videos by going to Settings -> Site Settings -> Additional Content Settings -> Sound, but this option cuts all videos worldwide (on all websites), which breaks media functionality on all websites, including YouTube and Twitch. So, to disable autoplaying videos on Chrome on desktop, you need to use a third-party extension.

  • Windows and Mac

There are several third-party extensions that can block videos from autoplaying on Chrome with varying degrees of success. The best chrome extension to disable video autoplay in 2021 is Auto Play Stopper, which works as advertised on all sites I’ve checked, including YouTube, CNN, and CNET. It also allows you to improve your privacy and security by disabling “Flash detection for websites” now that Flash has reached its end of life and HTML5 has taken its place for good. While you’re at it, you should also check out how to uninstall Flash from your computer.

Unlike many other similar extensions, Autoplay Stopper is updated regularly, with the latest version released in March 2021. In fact, the extension has already seen at least four updates this year, so you can rest assured that everything Server-side change by websites bypassing autoplay blockers will be handled quickly by the developer.

Add Autoplay Stopper to Google Chrome (To free)

  • Android and iOS

Similar to desktop, Google Chrome on mobile no longer blocks videos from autoplaying. You used to be able to block media autoplay in Chrome for Android, but the feature has since been deprecated. You can still disable videos on Google Chrome for Android (Settings -> Site Settings -> Sound), but again, all videos from all websites will be disabled every time.

Unlike Firefox for Android, which supports several popular add-ons, Chrome for Android does not support extensions. This means that as of April 2021, there is no way to block media from autoplaying in Chrome on mobile devices, including Android, iOS, and iPadOS.

Stop autoplaying videos on Mozilla Firefox

Unlike Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox gives you built-in options to disable media autoplay on desktop and mobile.

  • Windows 10

Here is how to disable autoplay videos on Firefox in Windows 10:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox on your computer and click the button hamburger menu in the upper right corner. Select now “Options” in the drop-down menu.

2. In the Options window, select Privacy and Security in the left sidebar. Under the “Permissions” section on the right pane, click ‘Settings…’ next to Autoplay.

3. In the pop-up window, click on the drop-down menu next to “Default for all websites” and select ‘Block audio and video’. Make sure to save your changes using blue ‘Save changes’ bottom button.

4. When Firefox blocks media on a website (for example, on YouTube), you will see a special icon [1] in the address bar. Click this icon to open the Site Information rollout, where you can select the “Allow audio and video” option in the drop-down menu next to “Autoplay” to whitelist the site. This means that the videos will play automatically the next time you visit the website, unless you manually remove the site from your whitelist.

5. For even more comprehensive autoplay blocking options on Firefox, you’ll need to change a few settings in about:config. To do this, type about:config in the Firefox address bar and press Enter. To ignore the warning and access advanced settings, click ‘Accept the risk and carry on“.

6. On the about:config page, search for media.autoplay using the dedicated search bar at the top. Now change the following options:

This should stop all autoplay videos worldwide on all Mozilla Firefox websites on your Windows 10 or macOS computer.

  • android

Like its desktop counterpart, Firefox on mobile also has a built-in option to disable autoplaying videos on websites. Here’s how to access the feature:

1. Open Firefox on your Android phone and tap the three dot menu in the upper right corner. From the context menu, select Settings.

2. On the Settings page, select “Site Permissions” and then tap the ‘Autoplay’ option on the next page.

3. Finally, select the ” Block audio and video»Like we did on the desktop browser.

Stop autoplaying videos on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has ended support for Edge Legacy. The latest version of Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, just like Google Chrome. However, unlike the latter, it offers a built-in option to disable media autoplay on desktop and mobile. Here we are going to show you how to disable autoplay videos in Microsoft Edge on both Windows 10 and Android.

  • Windows 10

By default, Microsoft Edge only lets you “limit” autoplay on websites. However, you can use a Microsoft Edge flag to “block” all autoplay videos. Here’s how:

1. First, open Microsoft Edge on your computer. Now type edge://flags/ in the address bar and hit enter. On the Edge Indicators page, search for “autoplay”. You should find only one entry: Show block option in autoplay settings. Use the drop-down menu next to change the value to ‘Enabled“. Restart your browser.

2. Now type edge://settings/content/mediaAutoplay in the address bar and press Enter. Here you will find the ” Control whether audio and video autoplay on sites“Option. Use the drop-down menu to change the setting to ‘To block’. The change will be saved automatically and videos will no longer autoplay on websites.

To note: Without the first step, you will only find two options under AutoPlay – “Allow” and “Limit”. The “Block” option will only appear once you turn on the “Show Block Option” flag.

  • android

Here’s how to disable autoplay videos in Microsoft Edge on Android:

1. Open Microsoft Edge on your Android phone or tablet. Press the three dot menu at the bottom and select ‘Settings’ of the sliding panel.

2. On the Settings page, tap Site permissions. On the next page, scroll down and select Media.

3. On the media settings page, you will see that the ‘Autoplay’ the option is enabled by default. To disable this option, tap it and turn off the toggle on the next page.

That’s it. Now, no media (audio or video) will autoplay on any website while surfing the internet on Microsoft Edge for Android.

Reclaim your sanity by stopping videos from autoplaying on your web browser

Autoplaying video and audio can be a real pain while surfing the web, so we hope our tutorial helps you get rid of this annoyance for good. Now that you know how to put an end to this nuisance while surfing the Internet, you should also check how you can get rid of other annoyances. On your Windows 10 computer, learn how to turn off notifications and remove all ads from the operating system. In the meantime, if you’re concerned about the lack of options for power users and privacy complaints, check out Chrome alternatives on desktop and the best browsers for privacy on Android and iOS.