51 responses

  1. Steve
    November 20, 2017

    I made the change, made sure it was there, and Bloomberg still autoplays.

    • Sharon Cooke
      February 2, 2018

      Me too, CNN still autoplays!

      • Don Black
        February 2, 2018

        Same here, autoplay won’t disable even using the settings recommended.

  2. Howie Isaacks
    November 20, 2017

    Why not just switch to Safari? It has an auto-play block built in as of Safari 11. Chrome is a good browser, but I like Safari better. I like using Hand Off, and I like that my history, and bookmarks sync over to every device logged in with my iCloud account.

    • INWDC
      November 20, 2017

      I’ve had problems with Safari not properly loading a website. While I would prefer to have it as my goto browser, it simply isn’t as reliable as Chrome in my experience.

  3. Paul Gewirtz
    November 20, 2017

    The first uncertain thing is that you don’t say “Type in chrome://flags” in URL window; you say “Go to”………

    After typing it in, Enter brings me to ‘Careful, these experiments may bite’ page with maybe 200 items listed which may be enabled or disabled….. and where I think I already accidentally hit a button.
    In WHAT search box on top do I type in ‘autoplay’? I do have an excessively wide URL box and over a dozen damned icons, the purpose of which, for most of them, I do not remember. Is my search box squeezed out?? There’s only a URL window here, and when ‘autoplay’ is typed in and Entered, I get a regular Google search page with ‘autoplay’ written in its search window, (separate from the top URL window, this time).

    Anyway, I do not know how I’m screwing up….so any observations will be really appreciated!

    Thanks so much,

    • oldnumberseven
      November 23, 2017

      Hit Control F for find then type autoplay in the search box.

  4. Paul
    November 20, 2017

    I went to “chrome://flags” but did not see a search box to type “autoplay” into. At the top, I did see some vague warning about this & that but nothing you said in the article.

    • Uhhhh
      February 27, 2018

      Don’t you know how to search a web page for a text string??? Like someone else said, just use Control+F, which will bring up a search box in the upper right corner of your browser, then type your search string in there, such as the word autoplay. Then hit enter. It isn’t that difficult and all browsers have it; this isn’t a new feature.

      • reimondo
        May 14, 2018

        Uhhhh, the first sentence, the opening clause of the following sentence and the final clause of your reply is unwarranted and condescending…

        On the other hand, the section: “just use Control+F, which will… all browsers have it” was exemplary, perfect even!

  5. Ari
    November 21, 2017

    Using the URL chrome://flags on my iPad iOS 11.2 does not work – there is no search panel there and neither an autoplay function in the list that appears

    • Cameron
      November 21, 2017

      Hi Ari,
      Type cmd-F to bring up the search box on a Mac and go from there. On a PC it’s ctrl-F to get the search box.
      Good luck

    • Poodle
      November 21, 2017

      I also can’t stop Chrome Autoplay on my vintage 1966 coffee grinder. Also I am trying to type chrome://flags onto my bagel this morning but it does not appear to accept the input, how do I do that? Any tips for that?

      Some of the commenters here, I have to wonder… it is like people do not read the articles?

  6. Neil
    November 21, 2017

    I cut and pasted in the url chrome://flags but no search box at the top?

    • Dale Mackie
      November 21, 2017

      You’re right, there is no search box.
      But the item is there. Scroll down about half the page and you will find it as listed.

      • Torben
        November 22, 2017

        Just hit command+F (for find) – then search for autoplay.

        And btw this I find to be one of the best hints written on this site :-)

  7. INWDC
    November 21, 2017

    Unfortunately this does not prevent autoplay. I went to Reuters and started reading an article only to have a small popout video start playing without any click or input from me. My understanding is that browsers have not been updated to address the control of HTML5 video autoplay. Chrome is my go-to browser because it’s more stable than Safari and more widely recognized. However, you can actually stop HTML5 autoplay in Safari’s debug menu (debug>media flags>video needs user action + audio needs user action).

  8. Robert
    November 21, 2017

    Videos still seem to autoplay but without sound. I guess that is an improvement. :-(

  9. Kim Kristensen
    November 25, 2017

    hope this will work, because autoplay of videos is so annoying, I’m not using Chrome regular until I have fixed it ;-)

  10. Bob
    November 28, 2017

    CNN still autoplays with sound. :(

  11. Dr Curt Nicol D.D. Ph.D.
    December 1, 2017

    Sadly doesn’t work here, YouTube still autoplays (and I’m talking about playlists where there is no built-in option to turn autoplay off)

  12. Sarah
    December 2, 2017

    I tried this but it does not stop autoplay videos on sfgate.com which are the most intrusive and irritating of any site I know. I am very sad! :-(

  13. mmm
    December 18, 2017

    I just tried on Chrome/Windows computer. It doesn’t work on any site. Double checked settings, restarted Chrome, etc.

    Some recommend an app in google store called “disable html5”. I may try that.

  14. Scott Alan Ferguson
    December 27, 2017

    I made this change and CNN.com still autoplays. Not a great fix.

  15. Rob
    January 6, 2018

    No workie.

    • Hormeo
      January 6, 2018

      It works to disable autoplay, it’s a feature of Chrome. Be sure you quit and relaunch Chrome for change to take effect on autoplay video.

      • Rob
        January 6, 2018

        No, it doesn’t work for me with Windows 10. It muted the video, but it still plays. Do you see all the posts here saying it doesn’t work?

      • Not Working
        February 27, 2018

        No, Hormeo, it does NOT work. Yes, we relaunched Chrome and followed all the steps. Maybe you aren’t reading all the comments, as the other person stated.

  16. Tom
    January 9, 2018

    Nope, didn’t work even after restarting Chrome. Video (with sound) still plays on NYT site.

  17. BillTheITGeek
    January 9, 2018

    Nope. Doesn’t work on Mac, even with the Chrome beta. Videos still auto-play. Thankfully I can mute by site by clicking the lock icon to the left of the URL and turn off audio. BUT – I want a way to prevent the video from playing at all so these garbage sites don’t suck down my bandwidth without my permission

  18. Bill Watkins
    January 17, 2018

    For video in background, (CNN etc.) you may need to set #disable-background-video-track to “Disabled” to get autoplay to stop. It’s not perfect but worth experimenting with to improve website navigation.

  19. david
    January 24, 2018

    disable-background-video-track does not work either.

    IMHO Google does not want to implement this. We simply should stop using sites and browsers that do not respect us.

  20. JanetC
    January 26, 2018

    The “Autoplay policy” heading has now disappeared on chrome://flags.
    Only two occurrences of the word “autoplay” at chrome://flags. Neither looks as if it will achieve this.

  21. Massimo
    January 26, 2018

    Updated to Chrome 64 today, set all flags, and ads video html5 still autoplay as before.
    Such feature is definitely a joke.

  22. joe bob
    January 30, 2018

    this does not work, videos still auto play. as someone else mentioned, it can be done fairly easily in Safari.

    i have read that Google intends to add this feature to Chrome soon, in February 2018, which could be why the HTML5 autoplay block plug-in developer that previously worked, stopped working and being developed a few months back.

  23. joe bob
    January 30, 2018

    see Google’s notes on autoplay changes this month here:


    • BSC249
      March 26, 2018

      THX! Great read, I wish some of the other noobs posting here would read this :) Seriously, I’m a simple Win10 user running chrome and the search box is the first item at the top of the chrome://flags page… what is wrong with some of you people?

      I had to come back b/c the feature was working but has, w/in the last week, stopped preventing autoplay – on some sites. I now know why,


  24. Ali
    February 5, 2018

    There is no relaunch button on the chrome://flags page so I just quit Chrome and restarted it. It doesn’t work. Autoplays still occur. I thought Chrome was blocking autoplay as of January 2018?

  25. tanmaya
    February 12, 2018

    thanks man, it works…i wanna genuinely thank you for this..:)

  26. jeff mayo
    February 18, 2018

    Do no evil?? Not really google is in for the money & nothing else, a lot of other features like these are either not implemented or blocked so they don’t even let developers do it because of their $$$

  27. RM
    February 18, 2018

    Changing the autoplay policy has no effect on CNN.

  28. jb
    February 19, 2018

    This solution does not work, videos still autoplay (including the ad on this page near the top).

  29. M B
    February 24, 2018

    Doesn’t work. CNN still autoplays and freezes my browser, which is why I wanted this disabled in the first place.

  30. Not Working
    February 27, 2018

    Definitely is NOT working!!

    CNET is as annoying as ever. Autoplays videos every time the page loads after multiple tests.

    • Yassine
      March 3, 2018

      No, the CNET videos is not auto-playing for me anymore after i did the instructions of the tuto, maybe you did something wrong .

  31. JustSayNOtoAutoplay!
    March 2, 2018

    Doesn’t work on many sites.

  32. Yassine
    March 3, 2018

    This is working for me in windows 10 pro 64 bit, thank you “osxdaily.com” for the help :)

  33. Charles
    March 5, 2018

    This worked for about four days, then autoplay returned (Chrome 64.0.3282.186, OS 10.13.3). Checked setting in flags again; it remains set as advised, but the vids still take right off.

    • Anton
      March 9, 2018

      I didn’t even get 4 days. Just didn’t work at all…

    • Yassine
      March 16, 2018

      I confirm what you said, chrome change this back to normal every time :(

  34. Curtis Jackson
    April 4, 2018

    I changed this setting a couple of months ago and it works for most sites. But there’s an awful side-effect: If I’m looking at tweets embedded in an article or a Twitter Moment, and the tweet contains a video, I click on the video and it spins forever without playing. Every time. If I click thru the tweet to bring it up on twitter.com, the video plays fine there.

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