Ever go to a web site, which has multiple video feeds, and you are trying to read an article, then suddenly, this video automatically plays … arghhh!!!! It is damned annoying. Well, I finally found a way to have it stop doing that! However, this may be a local only setting, so I have no idea how to modify this on a cell phone.
If using Firefox, here’s what you do:
- Open a new tab, and enter the address about:config. It will give you a big warning, that you might void your warranty. Every time I’ve done this, nothing really happens to my PC (warn you about performance, security). Actually, having it autoplay is a security issue in itself, but that’s a different topic. If you are fine with this, go ahead and “accept the risk”.
- Search for media.autoplay.enabled. You will see that the default is enabled. Double-click this, and it will change to false. Video should not autoplay after modifying this.
If using Google Chrome:
- Open a new tab, and enter the address chrome://flags
- Search for autoplay. In the pulldown, select “Document user activation is required”
This is assuming the site you are accessing is using HTML5 (which most of them are).