Google to block autoplay videos in Chrome starting from 2018

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Starting from January 2018, Google is planning to put an end to ever annoying auto-playing videos while browsing the web. While not everyone has the same preference when it comes autoplay, the company is planning to make it bit customizable as per the user’s wish.

From Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed only when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media. This, in turn, changes the autoplay option and allows the videos to play only if the user wants to play.

Moreover, Chrome 63 will also have a new user option to completely disable audio for individual sites. Additionally, the site muting option will be there during browsing sessions as well.

In the official blog, Google mentioned:

This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t. These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers. These changes will give users greater control over media playing in their browser, while making it easier for publishers to implement autoplay where it benefits the user.