Google Chrome users commonly look for a way to disable the annoying autoplaying videos that load in the browser. You might be surprised that there is no longer a way to do so in the Chrome browser settings.
Google actually removed the option that disables videos that play automatically. Users have been requesting this feature be re-added to the browser since it was removed to no avail.
Option 1 – Install a Plugin
The only thing you can do to alleviate this problem across all websites is to install a plugin. While there are many plugins that block autoplay video, the Disable HTML5 Autoplay plugin seems to be the most effective and popular.
Option 2 – Website Specific Settings
Some websites will provide a way to prevent videos from automatically playing within a settings panel on their site. Facebook seems to be the most bothersome. You can go to the Video settings panel and set “Auto-Play Videos” to “Off“. Twitter has a similar setting located on the main account settings page.