How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Chrome

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Autoplay videos are now on most of the big websites. Facebook even use it on its mobile app. Recently a report claimed that Google was testing autoplay ads on search results. Auto-playing videos on the web are one of the most annoying things. Think if you are silently browsing the web at a public place and suddenly a website starts playing a video without your permission.

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The good thing is that you can disable the autoplay video and autoplay audio on Chrome. If you are using Google Chrome for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS or Android, you can follow the given steps to disable the autoplay videos.

The trick is not about muting the tabs but forcing Google to play video only if a user manually clicks on a video player to play the video. There will not no action without user interaction.

Steps to Stop Autoplay Video in Chrome

To stop auto-play videos, you do not need to install any plugin or extension. The option is available in Chrome. You just need to tweak a flag. Here is how to do that.

Open Chrome, type chrome://flags in the URL bar and press enter. Now search for ‘Autoplay Policy’ on this page.

How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Chrome

From the drop-down, select “Document user activation is required”.

Relaunch the chrome for the setting to take effect.

Now you can visit the pages where you generally get autoplay videos or audios. Cnet or Bloomberg are few websites where you get autoplay videos. If you ever wish to change this setting back to original, you can follow the same steps and switch this setting back to default.

Final Words

Most of the big publishers now use video ads and autoplay video ads irritate a lot. If you do not want your browser to play autoplay videos, you can disable this by using the steps added in this article.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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