How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing on Chrome

Except for irritative ads, there are some other things that also annoy users when browsing the web – automatically played videos. Today, more and more websites consider it is okay to autoplay a variety of videos a user doesn’t actually need. Some of them just tick away in the corner of your screen whereas others are even more annoying – they don’t allow you to view the content until you watch a video. However, there’s a good solution to this problem. How to stop videos from automatically playing on Chrome? What should you do to stop videos from autoplaying on Chrome? Let’s analyze the main and the most effective solutions to this problem.

How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing in Chrome?

The autoplay policies of Google Chrome have undergone significant changes. They aren’t as strict as users expect. However, you can easily disable autoplay on Chrome. You just need to know how to do this. 

  • Open Google Chrome browser.
  • Type in the address bar the following: chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy.
  • Now, you see a drop-down menu.
  • Default means that autoplay is turned on.
  • No user gesture is required means the same.
  • User gesture is required for cross-origin iframes means that autoplay is enabled only for some videos (the ones that aren’t hosted on YouTube or other sites).
  • Document user activation is required means that all the videos will not start playing automatically after you open a website.
  • So if you want to disable videos, you need to choose the last option.

How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Chrome with the Help of Settings?

To use this method, you should first make sure that you have the latest browser version. Though this browser can automatically update itself, it does it only in case you shut it down completely. If you don’t do this, you probably have the old version.

  • Look at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Find the three dots and click on them.
  • Choose the option “Settings”.
  • Now, you need to choose the menu button.
  • When you open it, you’ll see a few options. You need to choose “About Chrome”.
  • In this section, you’ll find out whether your browser requires updates. If yes, follow the guide and update it.
  • Now, you can use the browser as you want. You can mute or pause all the videos.

Yes, this browser can’t block intrusive video content automatically. You still need to spend some time to disable all these videos manually. However, this feature is there and you can easily use it!