Block video and audio autoplay with this Chrome extension


Have you encountered the annoying experience of opening a website and then an unwanted video embedded inside the website would start playing?

In cases where you are on a limited data package, it saps off your data and sometimes the videos are either long, meaningless large files or are on auto-repeat. It happens even on popular websites like, and even Facebook has indicated that it would start bringing in autoplay audio on videos you encounter as you scroll down your timeline.

However, you don’t have to be dismayed as a new app has been developed which can block automatic audio and video play before they even start. Thankfully, the app is available for users of Google Chrome browser as well as Opera. The app is known as “Disable HTML5 Autoplay” and it is an add-on, plug-in or extension that you can download and install on the browser to block such unwarranted video and audio streaming. The plug-in will also be available on Mozilla Firefox soon.

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Even before Facebook enables the feature that auto-plays audio and videos, the app has been tested and shown to work marvelously on Facebook as well as other websites that run videos automatically.

As usual, if you think you’d like the audios and videos to autoplay, you can as well disable the plug-in from your browser settings. Also, if you want to be selective and enable autoplay of audios and videos on some website, you can select that option as well. Don’t go thinking it is a new extension, though, because it has been around since last year but since Facebook’s announcement, its popularity has surged tremendously. After all, who wants tons of videos that get uploaded on Facebook making a minced meal out of our data or disturbing our peace?

The extension can be downloaded from the Chrome web store.


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