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How to prevent videos from playing automatically in Microsoft Edge

Autoplay is one of those features that more and more people want to disable. It is often distracting for audio and video to automatically start playing on a website. If you’re a Microsoft Edge user, here’s how to disable autoplay.

You have two options for stopping audio and video autoplay in the Edge browser. You can limit the autoplay feature or block autoplay on sites entirely. We will explain both below.

Limit autoplay in Microsoft Edge

By limiting autoplay, media like a video will still play automatically, but you won’t hear audio until you activate the tab.

To enable the Limit option, open Microsoft Edge, click on the three dots in the upper right and choose “Settings.”

Click Settings and more, choose Settings in Edge

You can then navigate to the settings or search for it.

To navigate, select “Cookies and site permissions” on the left. Then scroll down and click on “Media Autoplay” on the right.

Cookies and permissions, automatic media playback

To search, type the word “AutoPlay” in the Search Settings box at the top left. You should then see the Auto Media Play option highlighted for you to choose.

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Media autoplay search

Click the drop-down arrow on the right and choose “Limit” and see the description of this option.

Select limit for autoplay in Edge

Block autoplay in Microsoft Edge

You may be wondering why there is no “Block” option in the Media Autoplay settings. That’s because, as of this writing in July 2021, the ability to block autoplay is an experimental feature. Like similar features in Google Chrome, you can locate and enable it on the Experiments page.

To continue, type or copy and paste the following into Edge’s address bar and hit Enter:

edge: // banderas

Heed the warning on the Experiments page before enabling the feature.

Edge Experiments Warning

In the search box at the top, type AutoPlay. You will then see the feature labeled Show Block Option in AutoPlay Settings with its description. Click on the drop down arrow on the right and select “Enabled”.

Find and enable Block for autoplay

You will then be asked to restart Edge to apply the change. Click “Restart” at the bottom right.

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Restart Microsoft Edge

Now, go back to Settings> Cookies and site permissions> Media autoplay. You will see that you now have an option to Block in the drop-down list. Go ahead, select it, and you’re done.

Select Block for Autoplay in Edge

If you use other browsers besides Edge, learn how prevent videos from playing automatically in Chrome and disable autoplay in Firefox .

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