Stop videos from autoplaying on Mac in Safari and Chrome browsers

In case you find video autoplay annoying, you can follow the steps below in this article to stop video autoplay from annoying you on Mac, both in Safari and Chrome browsers.

Stop videos from autoplaying on Mac

Nowadays, it becomes difficult to evade autoplaying videos, especially on social media and news websites. Judging by the user comments, most of the users find video autoplay annoying and are looking for a way to combat this enforced nuisance.

Aside from being annoying, autoplaying videos ends up eating up your data, slowing down websites, and their shrill sound is annoying when you’re listening to music while surfing the web.

In terms of content, most of these autoplay videos are news clips or irrelevant content that you might not really be interested in.

Luckily, there is a way to stop videos from autoplaying on your Mac, and below are the steps on how to stop videos from autoplaying on Mac, both in Safari and Google Chrome browsers.

Stop Autoplaying Videos in Mac Safari Browser

Follow the steps below to stop videos from autoplaying in Safari browser on your Mac.

1. Click on that finder icon in your Mac’s Dock.

Finder icon in the Mac Dock

2. In the Finder window, click applications > Utilities.

Utilities folder on Mac

3. In the Utilities folder, click the terminal app (See image below).

Terminal app in the Mac Utilities folder.

4. In the terminal window, enter the command Write defaults com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1 (See image below)

Terminal command to enable Safari debug menu on Mac

Press Enter on your Mac’s keyboard and wait for the command to execute (takes a few seconds).

5. Close the terminal window

6. Next, quit the Safari browser on your Mac by right-clicking safari icon in the dock and then click on it Stop Option in the displayed menu (see image below)

Quit Safari browser on Mac

7. start now safari Browser on your Mac and you will see a new menu item called Debug in the Safari menu bar.

8th. Click on Debug in the Safari menu bar, and then click media flags > Video requires user action in the drop down menu (see image below)

Media Flags Video Needs User Action Option in Mac Safari Browser

After that, visit CNN, BBC or any other news website. You should be able to browse these websites without being bothered by those annoying auto-playing videos.

Note: If disabling autoplay videos in Safari causes problems when playing YouTube videos, you can disable this feature when watching YouTube videos by clicking Debug > media flags > Video requires user action.

Disable debug menu in Safari menu bar

In case you don’t want the Debug menu to be available in the Safari browser on your Mac, you can always disable this menu item by following the steps below.

1. open that terminal Window on your Mac by following steps 1 to 3 above.

2. In the terminal window, enter the command Write defaults com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 0.

Terminal command to disable Safari debug menu on Mac

3. Press Enter on your keyboard and wait for your Mac to execute the command (takes a few seconds).

4. Close the terminal window.

5. Next, quit the Safari browser on your Mac by right-clicking the Safari icon in the Dock and then clicking the Exit option from the menu that appears (see image below).

Quit Safari browser on Mac

When you restart Safari browser on your Mac, you will see that the Debug menu has disappeared from the Safari menu bar on your Mac.

Stop videos from autoplaying in Chrome browser

In case you are using Google Chrome browser on Mac, it is easy to stop autoplay videos in Google Chrome browser by installing a Chrome browser extension called Disable HTML 5 Autoplay.

1. Open chrome Browsers on your Mac.

2. Then click on the 3 dots Menu icon is located in the top right corner of your screen. Click in the drop-down menu More tools and then click extensions in the context menu (see image below)

Chrome browser tools and extensions options

3. Search for Disable HTML5 Autoplay Extension in the Chrome Web Store.

4. Install the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension by clicking Add to Chrome button (see image below)

Add to Chrome Button on Mac

Now you won’t be bothered by videos autoplaying anymore when you visit any website on your Mac with Google Chrome browser.

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