Is there a way of disabling auto-play of video in Chrome? Many sites have moved to HTML5 video and so you have ads or featured videos that start automatically playing the moment the page loads.


On Android Chrome 54, turn off autoplay of media by going to Settings - Site Settings - Media - Autoplay and Block autoplay.

This feature is disabled if you have data compression enabled in your Android Chrome browser.

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    addendum: On Android Chrome 80, these settings do not exist at all. There does not appear to be any way to block media autoplay.
    – fire
    Apr 4 '20 at 20:36

Starting from Chrome 47, there's a Chrome flag that is used to turn media autoplay on/off:

Disable gesture requirement for media playback.

Disable user gesture requirement for playing media elements. Activating this will allow autoplay to work.

You can see it by going to this link: chrome://flags/#disable-gesture-requirement-for-media-playback;

The default status for the flag is disabled, so autoplay should not work: you should check your Chrome version and eventually update it. I tested with version 47 and autoplay does not work unless you turn on the flag.

Other info here.

  • It's for background tabs, not the current tab. Dec 16 '15 at 16:18
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    I tested again right now and it works also in the foreground tab in Chrome 47... Have you tested it? Could you share the link you tried?
    – dipanda
    Dec 16 '15 at 16:44
  • Try visiting this page. The ad on there autoplays and the speaker icon appears in my notification bar. Dec 18 '15 at 14:14
  • I've just tried this on a variety of pages - in particular smh.com.au - and it appears to block the playback on all videos, thankfully. That said, contrary to the OP, it was Disabled initially and I had to Enable it to disable the auto-playback. The description states "User gesture requirement for playing media elements. Disabling this will allow auto-play to work".
    – Mike
    Sep 15 '16 at 4:56

Chrome for Android doesn't have an option to disable autoplay. My solution is: Switch to Firefox.


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