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You’ve probably been caught off guard by videos that play automatically on Facebook, Twitter, or just across the internet in general. They begin playing as soon as you load a page or (if they’re more deviously implemented) when you start scrolling through a page.

Automatic Clip play is a feature that, while nice lớn have when it’s surfacing nội dung that’s related to lớn your interests, can be pretty annoying. Autoplay videos can be harmful, too, exposing you to lớn violent, offensive sầu, or otherwise unwanted content that you shouldn’t have khổng lồ see by mặc định.

Whether you just want to put an end to lớn autoplay videos on social truyền thông media platforms or are looking for a more comprehensive fix, we’ve sầu got some tips. Keep in mind that you’ll need to adjust these settings for every device that you use, since your preferences on, say, your phone vì not automatically push to lớn your PC.

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If you’re using Facebook on your browser, you can turn off autoplay videos this way:

Go khổng lồ the drop-down menu at the top right of the page.Select “Settings và Privacy” > “Settings.” Look for the “Videos” listing on the left-hand thực đơn. Inside of that option is a toggle where you can turn off autoplaying videos.

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Facebook has similar options available for its iOS and Android apps:

Using the iOS app

Click the thực đơn button on the bottom of your screen. Once you’re there, tap “Settings và Privacy,” then “Settings.” Scroll down until you find “Media & Contacts,” then tap “Videos và Photos.” Finally, once you find “Autoplay,” you can turn off the feature.

Using the Android app

Clichồng the menu button at the top right of your screen. Once you’re there, scroll down and tap “Settings và Privacy,” then “Settings.” Scroll down until you find “Media and Contacts” & tap on it.Tap on “Autoplay” & set it to “Never Autoplay Videos.”

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Clichồng on “More” in the left-hand thực đơn, và then on “Settings & privacy.” Select “Accessibility, display, and languages” > “Data usage”Cliông xã on the “Autoplay” setting. You can then switch off the autoplaying of videos on your feed.

Using the iOS & Android apps

Cliông chồng the profile picture at the top of your phone screen.Select “Settings & privacy” in the thực đơn.Navigate lớn “Data usage,” tap on “Video autoplay” & set it lớn “Never.”


Instagram doesn’t allow for autoplay videos lớn be turned off, so you’ll have sầu to tread carefully here. Videos won’t autoplay with sound if you use Instagram on your browser. Stopping autoplay on Smartphone devices is possible, but a little roundabout.

Using a Smartphone app

Go lớn your protệp tin page và tap on the three lines in the upper right cornerGo to lớn “Settings” > “Account” > “Cellular Data Use” For Android: toggle the “Data Saver” on and tap on “High Resolution Media.” If you then select “Never,” then truyền thông such as videos won’t load in advance.For iOS: toggle on “Use Less Data”

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Reddit, like most sites that host đoạn phim, autoplays videos by default. However, it’s pretty easy to turn it off.

Using the newest design

Click your username in the upper-right corner & select “User settings” in the menu. Select the “Feed settings” tab at the top of the page, and toggle off the “Autoplay media” switch.

Using the legacy version

Cliông chồng “Preferences” next to your username in the top right of the window. Under “Media,” look for and unkiểm tra “Autoplay Reddit videos on the desktop comments page.” You’ll need khổng lồ hit “save options” at the bottom of the screen to put the changes through.

Using the di động app

Tap the icon next to lớn the tìm kiếm bar, then hit “Settings.” You’ll see “Autoplay” near the top of the page, and you can easily choose to lớn turn it off.

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Desktop browsers

There are a variety of desktop browsers out there — some of which let you turn off video clip autoplay and some of which don’t.

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Using Google Chrome

If you use Google Chrome and want lớn turn off đoạn phim autoplay — you can’t. There used khổng lồ be an experimental command-line flag that allowed you to lớn turn them off (you can find the flags by typing chrome://flags/ inkhổng lồ Chrome’s address field), but it’s disappeared.

You can turn the sound off (which might help a bit):

Tap on the three dots in the upper right cornerSelect “Settings” > “Site settings” > “Sound”Toggle sound off. You can add exceptions for specific sites here.

Using Microsoft Edge

Interestingly, Microsoft’s Edge browser, which is also based on the Chromium open-source thiết kế, does let you turn off — well, at least, limit — Clip autoplay:

Clichồng on the three dots in the upper right corner & select “Settings.”In the left-h& column, click on “Site Permissions,” & then scroll down to and select “Media autoplay.”

You can either allow audio & video clip to lớn play automatically or limit it. According khổng lồ the instructions, whether autoplay will work or not will depend on “how you’ve visited the page and whether you interacted with truyền thông media in the past.”

Using Firefox

Firefox has a similar feature that lets you turn off autoplay, for the most part.

Clichồng on the three lines in the upper right corner of the browser and select “Preferences.”In the left-h& column, cliông chồng on “Privacy và Security.”Scroll down lớn the section headed “Permissions” & look for “Autoplay.” Click on the button marked “Settings.”

A drop-down thực đơn will let you allow audio và đoạn Clip, block audio, or bloông chồng audio & video clip. You can also specify sites that you want to differ from your defaults — for example, if you bloông xã audio & Clip as a default, but you want to allow it for, say, The Verge.

Using Safari

Safari makes it simple khổng lồ disable autoplay. In fact, it assumes that you want the feature disabled khổng lồ begin with. However, if it hasn’t been disabled — or if you want to make some exceptions to the rule — here’s what you do:

While in the tiện ích, go lớn Safari > Preferences in the top menu.Clichồng on “Websites” in the top menu.Look for & select “Auto-Play” in the side menu.Look for the drop-down thực đơn at the bottom right of the window & select “Never Auto-Play.”

As with Firefox, you can whitedanh sách any sites that you want to lớn be an exception to lớn the rule.

Update September 4th, 20trăng tròn 5:11PM ET: This article was originally published on March 15th, 2019. Most of the entries have been updated.