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Safari 11: How to Disable Autoplay Video for Websites

  • George
  • Nov 14,2017
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Upset by the auto-playing videos when browsing web pages? Want to get rid of the adverts that are displayed abruptly? Previously you may need to install third-party extensions to block these annoying contents on web pages. Now in the updated Safari 11 introduced together with macOS High Sierra, Mac users can easily stop autoplay video when loading individual page, to have a better surfing experience.

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This post will show you how to selectively stop videos from auto playing in Safari.

How to stop autoplay videos for individual website (High Sierra)

  • Launch Safari and navigate to the site you want to modify.
  • Click Safari > Settings for the Website from the top bar. Alternative you can right click on the URL box/Smart Search field, and then select Settings for This Website.
  • As the little window appear underneath the URL box, move your cursor to the right of Auto-Play, and choose one from the following options in a pop-up menu:

> Allow All Auto-Play (lets videos on this website play automatically)
> Stop Media with Sound (blocks autoplay for videos that contain audio, but allows other videos to play)
> Never Auto-Play (blocks autoplay for all videos on this website)

  • -Now click anywhere on the screen to disappear the menu and back to the page.

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If you choose Never Auto-Play, the current website will not automatically play the video unless you click the Play button on it. That’s the quickest way to disable the auto-play videos for the individual site. But how about configuring a list of sites?

How to stop autoplay videos for multiple websites (High Sierra)

  • In Safari, head to Safari > Preferences from the top bar to open up Preferences pane.
  • Click the Website tab at the top, and click the Auto-Play in the left column.
  • In the right column, you can see the sites you have open and those you previously configured the auto-play settings for (if any). To set up the Auto-Play feature for those sites, click the drop-down menu next to the site, and make your decisions.
  • For the sites that are not in the list, head to the bottom of the pane, click the drop-down menu next to When Visiting Other Website, and choose Never Auto-Play.

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It is quite convenient to modify various settings in Safari. If you have not updated Safari to the version 11, you can open Mac App Store and head to the Updates tab to install the available update. Then re-open Safari and new features will take effect.

How to stop autoplay videos in macOS Sierra or earlier

If you are using Sierra or earlier, you can stop autoplay video via the hidden debug menu. To do so, quit Safari, open Terminal, enter the following command and hit Enter/Return: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1.

As the Safari re-opens, click the new appeared Debug at the righthand end of the top menu bar, and choose Media Flags > Disallow Inline Video. Now the video on every web page will be forbidden from auto-playing. To revert this change, run the command in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 0.

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Related post: High Sierra: Customize Settings for Individual Sites in Safari

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