Autoplaying Videos

Autoplaying videos follow everyone around the Internet these days. A few years ago, these used to be flash videos and could easily be stopped simply by disabling Flash on your browser.

Fast forward, as the internet has moved to better technologies such as HTML5 for videos, so have autoplaying videos.

Not often are these annoting but they also consumes data a lot. There’s an easy way to block these on every PC browser, just follow the steps below.


  1. Type about:config in the address bar. Hit Enter.
  2. Click I accept the risk!.
  3. Type media.autoplay.enabled in the next to Search:.
  4. Double-click media.autoplay.enabled so that the value changes to false.
  5. This will stop videos from autoplaying on Firefox.

Google Chrome
It’s easy to disable autoplaying videos on Google Chrome. Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Launch Chrome browser and install the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension by opening the linked page and clicking Add to Chrome.
  2. Now open any website such as YouTube and you’ll notice that videos don’t autoplay anymore.

Follow these steps to disable autoplaying videos on Opera.

  1. The extension Disable HTML5 Autoplay is available for Opera too. Launch Opera and install it from the linked page by clicking on Add to Opera.
  2. You’ll notice that videos don’t autoplay anymore.

To disable autoplaying videos on Safari, you need to open the Terminal on macOS. Try these steps.

  1. First you need to quit Safari. Press cmd+Q or on the top-bar click Safari > Quit Safari.
  2. Now open Terminal. Press cmd + space bar. Type Terminal and hit enter.
  3. Paste this command in Terminal: defaults write -bool false.
  4. This disables autoplaying videos on Safari. To enable it again, use this command: defaults write WebKitMediaPlaybackAllowsInline -bool false.