How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Chrome

Site owners these days appear to believe that having videos that play automatically at the start would increase the chances of site visitors actually watching a video.

Although this may not seem overly problematic, autoplay videos can become extremely annoying over time. A loud commercial may pop-up suddenly and startle you for no reason. Worse if you do not want people to know that you are browsing the web. Worse still if a website autoplays some inappropriate content. And finally, these autoplay videos can eat up your mobile data.

Is It Possible to Disable Autoplay Videos in Chrome?

Unfortunately, that is not something you can do currently. Ever since Google removed this option, Chrome users have been left without a solution. In contrast, all other web browsers allow you to prevent videos from playing automatically.

There were Chrome extensions and third-party apps that could do this for you. But, overtime almost every one of them became irrelevant. The developers stopped providing support like updates. That is because web developers had found a way to get around these blockers, rendering them useless.

The only thing that Chrome users can do is to try to reduce the impact of annoying autoplay videos on their surfing experience. You can do this by muting all website content save for your favorite websites. For those, you can simply add them to the exceptions list.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos for Chrome on an Android Device

Muting videos that play automatically in Chrome is straightforward on Android devices. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Step 1

    Open the Chrome browser on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Step 2

    Tap the Options icon in the top right corner (three vertical dots).
  3. Step 3

    In the menu that appears, tap Settings near the bottom.
  4. Step 4

    This will open a new tab of the Settings page tap Site Settings.
  5. Step 5

    Tap Sound.
  6. Step 6

    Tap the toggle switch next to Mute sites that play sound to turn the option on.

Now every time a video starts to play automatically on a site, the sound is not going to disturb you. If you want to allow certain websites to autoplay, you can add them to the Allow list.

  1. Step 1

    Open the Sound option as explained in steps 1-8 above.
  2. Step 2

    In the Allow section, tap the Add Site Exception.
  3. Step 3

    The Add site pop-up will show up. Type in the address of the website that you want to exclude then tap Add.

If you find only a handful of sites annoying, you can mute only those. To do so, you do not have to use the Mute sites that play sound options. You can simply add the websites that you find annoying to the Mute section of the Sound menu.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos for Chrome on an iPhone

Like Android, muting autoplay videos on iOS devices takes only a few taps as outlined below.

  1. Step 1

    Start the Google Chrome app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Step 2

    Tap the three vertical dots to open the Options menu.
  3. Step 3

    Now tap Settings.
  4. Step 4

    This opens the Settings page. Tap the Privacy and Security option in the menu to the left.
  5. Step 5

    Tap Site Settings on the main screen.
  6. Step 6

    Now tap Additional content settings.
  7. Step 7

    Tap Sound.
  8. Step 8

    Next to the Mute sites that play sound option is a toggle switch. Turn it to on.

If there are some websites that you do not mind playing videos automatically, you can add them to the Allow list in Chrome. Here is how to do it.

  1. Step 1

    Follow the guide above up to step 8.
  2. Step 2

    Followed by tapping Add in the Allow section.
  3. Step 3

    Now enter the address of the website that you want to add as an exception. When you are done, tap the Add button on the pop-up window.

There is also a Mute section under the Sound menu that allows you to mute only specific websites. For example, you might not be against autoplay videos but only for one or two websites that are pretty aggressive with these videos. In that case, you can mute only those websites while leaving the rest alone.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos for Chrome on a Windows 10 PC

Muting autoplay videos in Chrome for Windows 10 is similar to the mobile version:

  1. Step 1

    Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three vertical dots icon in Chrome’s top right corner.
  3. Step 3

    In the menu that appears, click the Settings option.
  4. Step 4

    The Settings page will now load as a new tab in Chrome. In the menu to the left, click Privacy and Security.
  5. Step 5

    In the main menu, click the Site Settings option.
  6. Step 6

    Now click Additional content settings. It should be at the bottom of the page.
  7. Step 7

    Click Sound.
  8. Step 8

    Turn on Mute sites that play sound by clicking the toggle button next to it.

To add exceptions to this rule, do this:

  1. Step 1

    Open the Sound menu as described in steps 1 to 8 above.
  2. Step 2

    Click the Add button next to Allow.
  3. Step 3

    In the pop-up window, enter the website’s address then click the Add button on the pop-up window.

Of course, you can choose to add exceptions to the Mute list, which would allow you to mute a selection of websites. All other sites will be playing videos automatically as before. Just click Add in the Mute section and enter the site’s address.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos for Chrome on a Mac

Muting all websites in Chrome on your Mac computer will take only a minute or two of your time.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your Mac.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three dots icon in the top right corner of Chrome’s window.
  3. Step 3

    This will open Chrome’s menu pop-up. Look for Settings at the bottom of the menu and click it.
  4. Step 4

    Chrome will now open the Settings page in a new tab.
  5. Step 5

    Click Privacy and security in the menu to the left.
  6. Step 6

    Click the Site Settings option on the main screen.
  7. Step 7

    Further down the page, you will find Additional content settings. Click that.
  8. Step 8

    Click Sound.
  9. Step 9

    Finally, enable the Mute sites that play sound feature by clicking the adjacent toggle.

Enabling this option will mute all websites. Even those that you do need the audio, like internet radio stations. To prevent this, simply add these websites to the Allow list in the Sound menu.

If you do not encounter that many websites that have autoplay videos, muting all websites may not be the right move for you. If that is the case, you can mute only certain websites by adding them to the Mute list of the Sound menu.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos for Chrome on a Chromebook

Compared to other platforms, disabling the sound of websites is almost identical to Chromebooks.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your Chromebook.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three dots menu in the top right corner then click Settings.
  3. Step 3

    In the menu to the left, click Privacy and Security.
  4. Step 4

    Now click Site Settings on the main screen.
  5. Step 5

    Tap Additional content settings.
  6. Step 6

    Find the Sound option and click it.
  7. Step 7

    The final step is to turn on the Mute sites that play sound options by clicking the toggle.

Depending on your surfing preferences, you will probably need certain websites to actually play audio. To allow them to do so, simply add them to the Allow list. You can find it right below the Mute sites that play sound options.

If you do not have any problems with most websites in this regard, you can just knock the ones that you do find objectionable. Rather than messing with Mute sites that play sound, you would add those objectionable sites to the Mute list in the Sound menu. Like every time that you encounter an annoying site.

Finding a Solution for Autoplay Videos

Hopefully, now you know how to mitigate the annoyance that comes from autoplay videos. As you can see, Chrome allows you to mute any website. It is also great that it works on any platform you might use. Of course, it would be much better to be able to disable autoplay videos directly on the browser. If you do not like how Google chooses to tackle this issue, you can always switch to Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or any other browser.

Have you managed to mute websites in Chrome? Is this a decent enough solution for you in the fight against autoplay videos? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.

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