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How to stop the autoplay videos in your Facebook feed using Chrome

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How to stop the autoplay videos in your Facebook feed (Photo: Annette Shaff / Shutterstock.com)
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Regular Facebook users will no doubt have noticed that videos in their news feed are playing automatically. If you're using Google Chrome, you can stop this from happening very easily.

The first thing you need to do is open your plugin settings by opening a new tab and pasting chrome://settings/contentExceptions#plugins into the address bar.

On the resulting window, enter the hostname pattern [*.]facebook.com and select block from the behavior dropdown.

Select block from the dropdown box
Select block from the dropdown box

Click done, and refresh your Facebook tab.

Was that quick and easy enough?

9 comments
Zeital
Thank god for you guys XD!
BigGoofyGuy
I find that very informative and much needed. I kept thinking that I accidentally clicked on them when they start to play. I will be posting this at different places so others who use Chrome can know about it too.
Gregg Frank
This is a fantastic tip, thanks Gizmag! :)
Kenneth Koenig
What does hostname pattern mean?
foxpup
Great fix. Google makes a youtube/facebook "problem" and a Chrome "fix". Very convenient for them in their battle with facebook and other browsers. I'll stick with open source browsers who don't have that kind of conflict of interest. Its best to keep OSs, browsers, and content providers separate to prevent such back-alley deals from happening.
Brackish
Kenneth The hostname pattern is the name of the web page or pages where you want to stop the videos playing automatically. Using [*.]facebook.com makes the video block apply to all of the pages on facebook, similar to searching your computer for all text files by using the search pattern *.txt
Mick Don
Only major problem with this fix is that it blocks all java applets even in redirected tabs/games. I play some FB games and doing the above fix make any game I open through FB not playable because flash is blocked. Would be nice to be able to stop the vid starting only.
Mick Don
You could use the most straight forward way.. by visiting your settings > video tab and turning videos off. https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=videos
RiyaPatel
How to Stop Videos Playing Automatically on Facebook http://www.baatkar.com/2015/10/how-to-stop-videos-playing.html Thanks