How to Turn Off Autoplay Videos on Social Media, Streaming Apps

Generally speaking, autoplay videos are pretty annoying. Social media apps can hold you on, and the next thing you know, you’ve spent precious time scrolling through videos. Websites are also not left out, they can get in the way, following you around pages and covering up important texts of articles.

Fortunately, there are several ways to disable auto-playing videos on almost all platforms. Social media apps offer ways to disable them, and you’ll also find the options available on many browsers (and if not so, there’s always an extension you can use). Notwithstanding, this post will show you how to turn off autoplay videos on various social media, browsers, and streaming apps. With this, you can stop videos from automatically playing and save your time and data.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos On Popular Social Media Apps

If you’re the type that spends hours scrolling through Facebook, X, and Instagram daily, you can probably reclaim some lost time by turning off the autoplay features on videos. Here’s how to do this on popular social media platforms.

How To Disable Auto-Playing Videos on Facebook 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Facebook app for Android and iOS: 

  • Open the Facebook app
  • Tap the Menu Tap (on Android, it’s on the top-right while on iOS, it’s in the bottom-right corner)
  • Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings
  • Scroll to the “Media and Controls” section 
  • Tap the “Videos and Photos” option.
  • Lastly, select the Never Autoplay Videos

Here’s how to disable auto-playing videos on the Facebook website:

  • Login to your Facebook account on your browser 
  • Click the drop-down in the top right corner 
  • Navigate to Settings & Privacy > Settings. 
  • Scroll to the “Videos” section in the sidebar
  • Go to the “Auto-play videos” section and choose the “Off” option.

How to Disable Autoplaying Videos on Instagram 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Instagram app for Android: 

  • Open the Instagram app
  • Go to your Profile 
  • Tap the three-lined Menu button in the top-right corner.
  • Go to Settings 
  • Tap on Account 
  • Then Tap Cellular Data Use
  • Tap Data Saver
  • Select the “High Resolution Media” option.

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Instagram app for iOS:

  • Open the Instagram app
  • Go to settings 
  • Then enable the “Use Less Data” option.
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How to Disable Autoplaying Videos on X 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the X app for Android and iOS:

  • Open the X app
  • Tap the three-lined Menu icon to open the sidebar
  • Select the “Settings and Privacy” option. 
  • Then go to Data Usage 
  • Tap Video Autoplay 
  • Choose the “Never” option.

Here’s how to disable auto-playing videos on the X website:

  • Login to your X account on your browser.
  • Click the three-dotted More icon in the sidebar
  • Click the “Settings and Privacy” option. 
  • Navigate to Accessibility, display, and languages 
  • Choose Data usage 
  • Click on Autoplay and set it to “Never.”

How to Disable Autoplay Videos On Popular Browser Apps

Want to disable autoplay videos for all of the sites you visit? You can try the browser-level features that stop auto-playing media. However, when it comes to effectiveness, your mileage may vary depending on the browser of your choice (Chrome, for example, offers no such feature), which means you may have to rely on an extension.

How To Disable Autoplaying Videos on Firefox 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Firefox Browser:

  • Click the three-lined Menu icon in the toolbar
  • Go to “Settings.” 
  • Navigate to the “Privacy & Security” section and click the “Settings” button next to the “Autoplay” option. 
  • From the popup, click the drop-down next to the “Default for all websites” option
  • Lastly, switch to “Block audio and video.”

How To Disable Autoplaying Videos on Microsoft Edge

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Microsoft Edge browser:

  • Click the three-dotted Menu button in the toolbar
  • Choose the “Settings” option. 
  • In the left sidebar, navigate to “Cookies & Site Permissions.” 
  • From the “Media Autoplay” section, toggle to the “Limit” option.

Note that this will not switch off all videos, unfortunately, but the browser will reduce the number of autoplay videos in the future. However, this is based on your previous interactions with auto-playing media on a specific website.

How To Disable Autoplaying Videos on Safari 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Safari Browser :

  • Go to Safari > Preferences from the menu bar. 
  • Switch to the “Websites” tab.
  • Click “Auto-Play” in the sidebar.
  • In the bottom-right drop-down, select the “Never Auto-Play” option.
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How to Turn off Auto-Playing Videos Using a Browser Extension

If trying the built-in autoplay blockers on your browser app doesn’t work, you can always use an extension. Likewise,  if you’re using Chrome, you won’t even get the option of turning off autoplay on videos. Third-party extensions like AutoplayStopper are a great option to use for these situations.

This extension works on both Chrome and Edge, and it’s effective enough in blocking auto-playing videos on all websites (including news websites). Simply download and enable the extension on your browser and it’ll do the job. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do, at this time, to stop auto-playing videos on mobile browser apps like Chrome, and Operamini. But you can always visit the Data Usage settings on the browser app and reduce the video quality to save data.

How to Disable Autoplay Videos On Popular Streaming Platforms 

Most modern streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more have the Autoplay video feature enabled by default. So, you may have to manually turn it off on every account. Here, we will show you how to disable auto-playing videos on some of the most used streaming apps.

How to Disable Autoplay on YouTube

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the YouTube app for Android and iOS: 

  • Open a YouTube video (any video)
  • Navigate to the icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. 
  • Click the scrollbar with the play button if the Autoplay function is off.

Doing this wouldn’t only stop YouTube autoplay for the current video but for all.

How to Disable Autoplay on Netflix

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Netflix app on an iPhone, Android, or Tablet:

  • Open the Netflix App
  • Select My Netflix
  • Then tap the settings menu (denoted with three vertical dots or lines). 
  • Select Manage Profiles and then go to your profile.
  • Locate the Autoplay Previews option and turn the setting off. 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Netflix website:

  • Go to your Account page. 
  • Click on your profile located in the Profile & Parental Controls section. 
  • Under Playback Settings, choose Change. 
  • Disable the Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices.

How to Disable Autoplay on Paramount+

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on the Paramount+ app on an iPhone, Android, or Tablet:

  • Select the “More” tab located at the bottom of your screen.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Under the general settings, you’ll find the Autoplay option, which you can then turn off. 
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How to Disable Autoplay on Hulu

Hulu has different methods for disabling Autoplay depending on whether you’re viewing Hulu on your TV, phone, or a Web browser. 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Hulu on your TV:

  • Go to Settings in the navigation bar.
  • Select Autoplay off. 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Hulu on your phone:

  • Click Account and then select Settings. 
  • Toggle Autoplay off. 

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Hulu on your web browser:

  • Select Settings while watching a video.
  • Click Autoplay off. 

How to Disable Autoplay on Prime Video

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Prime Video on your iPhone or Android:

  • Tap the Prime Video app 
  • Navigate to the “My Stuff” tab and choose the Gear. 
  • In this Settings menu, keep scrolling until you find the Auto Play. 
  • Disable it on this device.  

How to Disable Autoplay on Apple TV

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on Apple TV on your Apple TV device plugged into your TV

  • Go to Settings.
  • Find Accessibility and then select Motion. 
  • From here, find Auto-play Video Previews and switch it Off. 

How to Disable Autoplay on HBO Max

Follow these steps to turn off auto-playing videos on HBO Max on any device:

  • Navigate to your Profile and then select Settings. 
  • Under Playback, you’ll find the Autoplay Previews and Autoplay Next Episode. 
  • You can turn it on and off depending on whether you’d prefer previews of videos to play when you’re moving over them and if you want the next episode of a series to play automatically.

Final Thoughts 

Now that you know how to turn off autoplay videos on social media, browsers, and streaming apps, you can enjoy using your favorite platforms without annoying videos popping up. However, if using any of the tips provided above does not work, you can try contacting the app’s customer support services to learn how to. Remember, you deserve to enjoy all internet services!

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