How to Stop Automatic Video Playback in Safari for All or Specific websites

How to Stop Automatic Video Playback in Safari for All or Specific websites

While browsing for something on Safari and we open few tabs to read the content, in that process there a video or music starts playing automatically and it is really very annoying. Especially if the sound or video is horrible. Thank to the latest versions of the macOS, this can be easily avoided by configuring Safari to prevent automatic playback of videos with sound or videos in general.


Safari 11 for macOS High Sierra (although also for macOS Sierra) has important features focused on improving user privacy and navigation. Among these functions, we have found the automatic blocking of the reproduction of videos on web pages. You do not need any plugin or content blocker for it.

Stop Automatic Video Playback in Safari for all Websites

By default we can configure Safari so that it reproduces or does not reproduce videos in the web pages through which we navigate, we can even specify that it distinguishes between videos that have sound and those that do not . It is done as follows:

  1. Open Safari and later Safari preferences from the menu bar.
  2. Choose Websites in the upper tabs.
  3. In the sidebar, click on Autoplay.
  4. The web pages open at the moment and below the whole ‘When visiting other websites” will appear.
  5. Display the menu and choose what you want Safari to do with the videos.

How to Activate and Deactivate the Autocorrect in macOS High Sierra

Lock or unlock the automatic playback of videos on individual pages in Safari browser

Exactly in the previous preferences window we can configure how we want to act for each website we visit, as long as it is open at that moment. But there is a faster method to configure the video playback of a single page.

  1. Open the page that interests you in Safari.
  2. In the URL bar click on the secondary button and ‘Settings for this website …
  3. In ‘Autoplay’ choose the option that interests you for that website.

Blocking the automatic video playback will not only avoid annoying situations, but also improves general browsing through Safari. Since the videos are played automatically, the browser needs to download them to start playing them whenever you load a web page, so the navigation automatically slows down and in many cases you are not even interested in watching that video.

This is how we can prevent the automatic playing of videos in the Safari browser. I hope these two methods will help you to stop the videos playing automatically for all websites or the specific chosen sites. If you have any queries regarding the above method, let us know them in the below comment section and we will get back to you as soon as possible to solve all your queries.

Do you have any other issues with the Safari browser? Write them in the comment box and we will get you the solution.


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