Ever experienced those annoying audios and/or videos automatically playingon your browser as you visit a web page? This is common issue with Microsoft Edge and can be quite annoying especially if you are browsing a website for some serious work. While the Microsoft Edge is a popular browser by the Windows 10 and 11, this Autoplay feature by the browser can be pretty disturbing for those who visit websites for study or work purpose.
While some users won’t mind the videos playing automatically as they browse the web (mostly advertisements), most users find it as a disturbance. The good news is, you can stop the Autoplay feature in Microsoft Edge and the automatic play of videos or audio will stop till you enable them back again. There are two methods to stop Microsoft Edge from automatically playing videos and audios, that is, while one method will help limit the Autoplay feature or block the Autoplay feature for sites. This post will guide you through both the processes. Let’s see how..
Method 1: How to Limit Microsoft Edge From Automatically Playing Videos and Audios
This method will help you limit the Autoplay feature, if you do not want to stop the feature entirely. Limiting the Autoplay feature will only mute the audio of the video that plays automatically, which means, the video will still play automatically on your Edge browser, but without the sound unless you make the tab active. Follow the below instructions to limit the Autoplay feature in your Microsoft Edge browser and prevent the video sound from playing automatically:
Step 1: Launch Microsoft Edge and navigate to the three parallel dots (settings and more) on the extreme upper right side of the screen.
Select Settings from the context menu.
Step 2: In the Settings window, on the left side of the pane, click on Cookies and site permissions.
Step 3: Now, go to the right side of the window, scroll down towards the end and click on the Media autoplay option.
Step 4: Next, in the Media Autoplay settings screen, on the right side, go to the Control if audio and video play automatically on sites field.
Here, click on the drop-down next to it and select Limit.
Now, close the Settings window and browse through the websites, and you should not hear any sound from the videos that play automatically.
Method 2: How to Block Microsoft Edge From Automatically Playing Videos with Audio
However, if you want to completely stop your edge browser from automatically playing videos along with the audio, in that case, you would need to set the field as Block. For that, you would need to follow an additional process. Let’s see how:
Step 1: Open the Edge browser and in a new tab, type the below path in the address bar and hit Enter:
This will take you to the Experiments window, where you can search for flags based on your requirement.
Step 2: Next, type Autoplay in the Search box to look for the flag.
In the results you will now see the option – Show block option in Autoplay settings under the Available column.
Here, from the drop-down next to it, select Enabled.
Step 3: Now, click on the Restart button in blue at the bottom right side of the screen to re-launch the Microsoft Edge browser.
Step 4: As the Edge browser opens again, click on Settings and more (three horizontal dots) located at the top right corner of the browser screen.
Next, click on the Settings option in the menu.
Step 5: Now, again navigate to the left side of the pane and select Cookies and site permissions.
Step 6: Next, travel to the right side of the screen, and under the Site permissions section, scroll towards the All permissions field.
Here, scroll down and further and click on the Media autoplay option.
Step 7: In the next window, on the right side of the pane, under the Site permissions / Media autoplay section, click on the drop-down next to the Control if audio and video play automatically on sites option and set it to Block.
Now, exit the Settings app and open a website, and Edge would not automatically play videos (and audio) as you browse.