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.”
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.
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.
Click the drop-down arrow on the right and choose “Limit” and see the description of this option.
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.
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”.
You will then be asked to restart Edge to apply the change. Click “Restart” at the bottom right.
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.
If you use other browsers besides Edge, learn how prevent videos from playing automatically in Chrome and disable autoplay in Firefox .