How to Stop Autoplay HTML5 Videos in Chrome & Firefox

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Its really annoying when you visit a website and a video starts rolling automatically. You know flash is not the only technology that annoy you with unwanted videos.

In this article I’ll show you how to stop autoplay HTML5 videos in Chrome and Firefox.

How to Stop Autoplay HTML5 Videos

1) Chrome

First you need to download and install a Google Chrome extension called “simply enough”, This will stop YouTube HTML5 Autoplay, by Port Zero.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stop-youtube-html5-autopl/ajkibmginjljbmmpgnipfbcbmkcodaap

Once you install this extension, HTML5 videos won’t start automatically. You will have to click the video to get it going.

2) Firefox

In Firefox you don’t need an add-on or an extension. You can do it with a setting in Firefox itself.


Just open a new Firefox window or tab, type about:config in the address field (where you normally type a URL). Now press enter button, following screen will appear where you have to click on “I’ll be careful, I Promise!” button.

How to Stop Autoplay HTML5 Videos

Once you click on “I’ll be careful, I Promise!” button, you will get a long list of settings as shown in below snapshot.

Above them all, a search field will appear. Now type autoplay in that search field and press Enter. This will bring up one entry: media.autoplay.enabled.

Note: Probably here the default value will be True, now double click the entry to change it to False.

How to Stop Autoplay HTML5 Videos

The next time when you visit a webpage with an HTML5 autoplaying video, the video box will appear as an image. But the video won’t start until you click on it to go.

By this way you can stop autoplay HTML5 Videos in Chrome & Firefox.

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  • Awesome! Thanks for the Firefox tip!

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