Disable AutoPlay Videos in Your Browser to Save Bandwidth

If you’re on a metered connection with a limited amount of data, one thing that will help not run out is disabling auto-play of videos on websites.

We have covered managing your bandwidth using a metered connection, but that is only part of the solution when using today’s modern Internet. Popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can go through a limited data plan in minutes. It is completely frustrating when I use my smartphone to share my Internet then browse a website to encounter an auto-loading video. Modern browsers don’t have a Work offline option anymore; that was was handy back in the days of dial-up. But there are some things you can do to reduce the effect of bandwidth-hogging auto-play videos with your limited data plan.

It’s also worth mentioning that auto-playing videos on your timeline are just purely annoying to some people. So, even if you have the resources to spare, you might want to disable auto-play settings where you can.

Modify Social Network Autoplay Settings

Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all now push auto-loading videos, whether you like it or not. Here is how you can disable it or minimize its impact on your data.

Note: Since we’re focusing on ways to protect your bandwidth from auto-playing videos, you might also want to read: Three Ways to Fight Back Against Auto-Play Video Ads.


Log into your account and go to Settings > Videos, and under Video Settings, turn Auto-Lay Videos off and set the video quality to default or SD.



Log into your account and go to Settings > Click Account > under Content, uncheck Video Autoplay > click Save Changes > enter your password, then click Save Changes again.

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Log into your account and go to Settings > Playback, and select I have a slow connection. Never play higher-quality video, and make sure to click Save.

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For other websites, it’s a tricky situation since the code for these websites gets updates continually. So, a workaround today might not work a few months from now. But, here is what you can do to block auto-play videos in your browser for what works at the time of this writing.


In the address bar, type: about:config (click through the void warranty gag if it comes up). In the search field, type autoplay, right-click media.autoplay.enabled then click toggle. That’s it!

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Google Chrome

A little more effort is required; you will need to download an extension to disable autoplay videos. I recommend Disable HTML5 Autoplay that will disable both HTML5 audio and video automatically when you load a web page.

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I should also note that Adobe Flash is beginning to see its last days as a critical part of your web experience, but it’s still used by millions of websites for delivering video; check out our article for instructions on how to disable it.

How about you? Are you on a limited bandwidth connection and see your bits and bytes get gobbled up by auto-play videos? Leave a comment below and share any tips we may have missed.



  1. Caleb

    For Chrome, you also just disable plug-ins. That way, if you want to watch a video, you just have to right-click and enable the plug-in.

    • Andre Da Costa

      Thanks for that tip Caleb!

  2. BK

    In Firefox that autoplay thing it just does a background load of the video while you’re on there even if it doesn’t play. Still, might slow down the amount your system downloaded a little if it’s not prioritizing, but not much good.

  3. jefwas

    Puffin browser does not seem to have any way of disabling autoplay video. If you know how, please share.

  4. Stephen Peepels

    I want to disable videos in news sights like cnn, foxnews, MSNBC’s, etc. I. Lick on those sights to read news. Not watch tv.

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