April 7, 2021
how to disable google play store auto-play videos

It’s Now Possible to Turn Off Auto-Play Videos in the Google Play Store — Here’s How to Disable Them

Google now lets users switch off auto-play videos inside the Google Play Store, with just a few easy steps; here’s how to do it…

Auto-play videos are a bane of the internet. Suddenly and nosily interrupting routine browsing, the media often plays at the loudest possible volume and sometimes takes up a good portion of the screen.

But, Google has made a change  to its Play Store policies that allows people to disable auto-play videos within the Google Play Store.

Google Now Allows People to Shut Off Auto-Play Videos in the Google Play Store

Back in September of last year, Google first announced allowing auto-play videos in its Play Store. This mostly applied to the games section of the platform but isn’t necessarily restricted to that area alone. (For instance, auto-play videos also appear in the “Game spotlight” and ” Suggested for you” carousel.)

Of course, not everyone was thrilled with that decision. So, the search giant is giving its users the option to switch off those Play Store auto-play videos, with just a few simple steps.

How to Disable Google Play Store Auto-Play Videos

To shut off those Google Play Store auto-play videos, all that’s needed is the latest version of the app. How to turn off Google Play Store auto-play videos:

  1. Update to the newest version of the Google Play Store app.
  2. Open the Google Play Store app.
  3. Tap on the hamburger menu (the three horizontal lines in the upper left).
  4. Go to “Settings.”
  5. Tap “Auto-play videos.” 
  6. Select “Don’t auto-play videos.”

It’s also possible to only allow auto-play videos over WiFi or to simply let them play at any time.

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