If you’re anything like me, videos that play automatically are a huge annoyance. Recently, Facebook has made a change to make videos embedded in your timeline play automatically. Coupled with the recent trend of “Facebook movies”, it’s hard to scroll down your Facebook timeline without beginning to load a bunch of videos. The worst part? Facebook currently does not allow you to turn off videos that play automatically.
So how do we stop these videos from loading? There are a couple of good options. However, the options I’m presenting here are for Firefox or Chrome, so if you are using Internet Explorer, you may want to install a new web browser.
Option 1: Blocking Flash
These videos are played with a flash-based player. This means if we can prevent flash from loading when the page loads, we can stop the videos. To do this, we have a plugin called FlashBlock for Chrome and Firefox. These plugins will prevent all flash applications and animations from loading until you click on them. You can install this plugin by using the appropriate link below for your browser.
However, you may not want to affect flash applications on every web page you visit. If so, the second option is probably what you want to use.
Option 2: The F.B. Purity Plugin
There is a plugin called F.B. Purity that alters how Facebook is displayed to you. It has many options from blocking ads to changing the font size. However the purpose of this post is to get rid of autoplaying videos.
First, install the plugin by following the directions on the plugin’s install page. Then, follow these steps:
- Open Facebook.com in your web browser.
- Click the “FBP” link that is now to the right of your search bar.
- In the box that pops up, click “Video Stories” in the links on the left.
- Check “Disable Autoplay”.
- Click “Save and Close” at the bottom of the box.
Your videos should now play only when the play button is clicked.
Hopefully Facebook will create an option to turn off autoplaying videos, but for now, these two options should do the trick.
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