How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing

Play ButtonHave you ever gone to a webpage to read an article, when all of the sudden your computer is blaring at you, playing a random video that you did NOT ask to be played? I don’t know why anybody would want that experience, yet many companies feel the need to force their videos upon us. I especially hate when this happens in the middle of a really good song that I’m listening to on Pandora. Way to ruin my jam, punks!

Facebook to Roll Out Automatic Video Playing

In light of the recent news that Facebook Mobile is planning to jump on board with this annoying imposition, I felt the need to share some tips for stopping videos from automatically playing. First, let me explain the details:

  • Videos will only start playing from:
    • Personal individual accounts.
    • Verified company Pages.
    • Pages of musicians and bands.
  • Videos will begin playing silently (whew!), but sound can be activated by simply tapping the video.  In other words, if you really are interested in the video, you’ll probably have to restart it because you already missed the first 5 seconds of sound.
  • This is currently in a testing phase, and Facebook is uncertain of when they will be rolling it out to all users.

How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing

There are a number of reasons why people might want to stop videos from automatically playing on websites.

  1. It’s annoying.
  2. It uses up your bandwidth, causing your Internet bill to go way up.
  3. It interferes with the music you’re listening to.
  4. It wakes up the baby.
  5. It makes you spill your coffee.
  6. <Enter other random frustration here>

Luckily, I stumbled upon a helpful article that tells you exactly how to stop videos from automatically playing in Chrome and Firefox. For those of you still using Internet Explorer (why??), you can use these instructions for stopping automatic video play. Good luck!

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