If you haven’t notice lately, more and more websites are starting to autoplay videos. Do websites really think that if a video advertisement starts playing automatically that I’m going to stop everything I’m doing and finish watching the video? Nope. The first thing I’ll try to do is figure out a way to close the video as quickly as possible. The main reason why autoplay videos are sprouting out more frequently is due to websites switching over to HTML5.
HTML5 is able to play videos natively in supported browsers without having to rely on plugins such as Shockwave and Flash. Most of the popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer already have built in capability of blocking Adobe Flash videos, but not HTML5. Luckily, there is a simple fix to get rid of the annoying autoplay feature.
- Download the extension above
- Type about:config into the Firefox browser address bar
- Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!”
- In the search bar at the top, type media.autoplay.enabled
- Double-click and make sure value shows false
- Close out of Safari
- Open Terminal
- Type: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1
- In the Debug menu on the menu bar, click Media Flags
- Click Video Needs User Action
1. Download the link above
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
Unfortunately, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer do not have options to disable HTML5 videos. I would recommend switching to browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox if you cannot stand the autoplay video feature.
In a world already full of ads, it’s nice to be able to have some sort of control over the ads you view while browsing the web. If you’re like me and can’t stand video ads, the tutorial above will be a life-saver.