How to Stop Videos From Autoplaying On Websites & Youtube

I can't stand when I go to a site and a video starts playing. It is especially annoying if I have a ton of stuff open and I can't figure out where it is coming from. Blocking these videos cuts down on the distraction but can also keep you from using up extra cellular data. Here's how to stop it!

Facebook: Click the arrow icon on the top right-hand corner of your Facebook page and then click Settings. From here, select Videos on the left side of the window and change the Auto-Play Videos option from Default to Off.

Chrome: Google is planning a version of Chrome that will block autoplaying video but the bad news is that the company doesn’t have a firm release date so you have to install an extension

 Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin are two that have generally good reviews.

Firefox: Mozilla’s recently revamped Firefox web browser offers a straightforward way to prevent unwanted videos from playing automatically as you hop from site to site.

1. Access the browser’s advanced options by typing “about:config” (without the quotation marks) in the address bar and hitting Return. 

2. Search in the window for the “media.autoplay.enabled” setting and double-click it. This will disable most HTML5-based videos from playing on their own when you load a page.

Safari: If you use the most up to date version you are golden, it does it automatically. If not read on.

1. Open the application called Terminal (which is found in your Utilities folder)

2. Paste in the following text (without the quotation marks): “defaults write IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1”.

3.The next time you go to a website that has autoplaying video, you have to select the new Debug menu option at the top of the screen and then scroll down to Media Flags and Disable Inline Video. Peace out to autoplaying video!