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Stop Microsoft Edge from Automatically playing Videos

No one is a fan of videos that automatically play when visiting a web page. Here’s how to stop the behavior in Microsoft Edge.

One of the most annoying things while browsing the web is a video autoplaying. You might be peacefully browsing and all of the sudden a video starts blaring out of your speakers. This is an undesirable thing to have to happen while visiting a web page.

Here’s how to stop videos from automatically playing in Microsoft Edge.

Stop Edge from Autoplaying Videos

To get started, enter the following into the address bar:

edge://flags/

Then search for “autoplay” and change the “Show block option in autoplay settings” flag to Enabled. For the change to go into effect you will need to restart Edge by clicking the Restart button.

edge flags

After Edge restarts the next step is to type the following into the address bar:

edge://settings/content/mediaAutoplay

Now set the “Control if audio and video play automatically on sites” to Block.

That’s all there is to it. Now when you browse to a page that has autoplaying media, it shouldn’t play and catch you off guard.

Not many people are fans of videos that autoplay on a page they are visiting. It can startle you or make an interruption in your work or work of others if you are in an office with many people. It can also lead to pages loading slower if you are on a network with limited or poor connectivity. Disabling the autoplay of videos can help your web browsing experience in several different ways.

Get Microsoft Edge

If you don’t have it yet, read our article on how to install the new Edge. If you are familiar with Google Chrome, you should have no problem diving into the browser. Check out our other articles on the browser like how to add Chrome extensions or how to block crapware with Edge.

The new Microsoft Edge is built on top of Chromium. It is truly cross-platform and available for Windows 7, 8, 10, macOS, Android, and iOS with a Linux version in the works.

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