macOS Safari Tip – Disable Video Auto-Play

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Tech Tip – Opening a web site in Safari and then having a video on the page begin to play is annoying! Of course I can mute it by clicking the speaker symbol in the tab, but the video is still playing – consuming bandwidth and processor cycles, not to mention being a distraction.

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I came across a means of disabling video auto-play a week or so ago and tried it. It works perfectly! It does involved you dropping into the Terminal interface but the steps are not difficult. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Quit Safari if it is running
  2. Open Finder >> G0 >> Utilities >> Terminal
  3. paste/type this command into your Terminal window
    defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1
  4. Hit return and wait several seconds. You will see the command prompt when it has completed
  5. Quit the Terminal
  6. Launch Safari
  7. There will be a new menu item “Debug”
  8. Choose Debug >> Media Flags >> Disallow Inline Video

Now any video embedded in a web page will no longer automatically play once the page is loaded. They can be manually played if desired.

To make the “Debug” column disappear, repeat steps 1-5 above, but enter into your Terminal window:

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 0

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2 thoughts on “macOS Safari Tip – Disable Video Auto-Play”

    1. There was an error in the cut and paste process. The command was broken into two lines instead of being just one. I have corrected it now in the published post. Thanks for the feedback!

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