Ads Keep Annoyingly Interrupting Browsing Experiences — Here’s How to Automatically Block Desktop Autoplay Videos

Automatically block desktop autoplay videos on the web for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and even Facebook and Twitter with these simple steps…

Internet ads aren’t going away. Sites monetize their properties with all kinds of ads. Perhaps the most aggravating are autoplay videos. But, there’s no reason to suffer. Let’s take a look at how to automatically block desktop autoplay videos for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Facebook, and Twitter.

How to Automatically Block Desktop Autoplay Videos on the Web

Each browser and social site has its own methods for stopping videos from play automatically. Fortunately, most make preventing desktop autoplay videos a cinch. Here’s how to do it for the most popular digital properties.

How to Automatically Block Chrome Desktop Autoplay Videos on the Web

Google continues to make strides in making sites more user-friendly. And, with Chrome having the largest browser market share, it does provide a few options. For instance, it’s possible to just mute specific sites without stopping autoplay videos. But, to do the latter, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome desktop browser.
  2. Sign-in with a Google account.
  3. Type ‘chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy‘ into the address bar.
  4. Hit the Enter key.
  5. Select ‘Document user activation is required‘ and restart the browser.

How to Automatically Block Firefox Desktop Autoplay Videos on the Web

Firefox also allows its desktop browser users to disable autoplay video by doing the following:

  1. Click ‘Preferences.’
  2. Go to ‘Privacy & Security.’
  3. Select ‘Always Ask’ or ‘Don’t Autoplay.’

How to Automatically Block Safari Desktop Autoplay Videos on the Web

Unfortunately, Safari doesn’t have such universal control. Instead, it only allows blocking autoplay video on specific sites. Right click on the address bar and choose ‘Settings for this website.’ Then, select ‘Stop Media with Sound’ or ‘Never Auto-Play.’

How to Automatically Block Facebook Desktop Autoplay Videos on the Web

To automatically disable Facebook desktop autoplay videos, follow these steps:

  1. Click the down arrow at the top right and select ‘Settings’.
  2. Click ‘Videos’ in the left side column.
  3. Toggle the ‘Auto-Play Videos’ button off. 

How to Automatically Block Twitter Desktop Autoplay Videos on the Web

To automatically stop Twitter desktop autoplay videos, go to the site and do the following:

  1. Click on the user profile icon in the top right.
  2. Click on ‘Settings and privacy.’
  3. Find the field labeled ‘Content’ and click and uncheck the ‘Video Tweets’ ‘Video autoplay’ box.
  4. Click ‘Save changes.’ Enter the account password and accept.

Owen E. Richason IV

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