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In the past few days, the block video autoplay option is not working. It had been working properly for years. I have video autoplay turned off in about:config and the option to block autoplay is no longer available under the settings menu. What settings need to be changed to re-enable this in the update. This is extremely annoying.

In the past few days, the block video autoplay option is not working. It had been working properly for years. I have video autoplay turned off in about:config and the option to block autoplay is no longer available under the settings menu. What settings need to be changed to re-enable this in the update. This is extremely annoying.

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hi, in firefox 63 the autoplay preferences are reorganised in preparation for this feature shipping out of the box in one of the upcoming versions. in about:config you can set media.autoplay.default to 1 in order to block automatic playback on all pages or set it to 2 to decide on a per domain basis.

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hi, in firefox 63 the autoplay preferences are reorganised in preparation for this feature shipping out of the box in one of the upcoming versions. in about:config you can set media.autoplay.default to 1 in order to block automatic playback on all pages or set it to 2 to decide on a per domain basis.

hi, in firefox 63 the autoplay preferences are reorganised in preparation for this feature shipping out of the box in one of the upcoming versions. in about:config you can set ''media.autoplay.default'' to 1 in order to block automatic playback on all pages or set it to 2 to decide on a per domain basis.
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lsk123 0 solutions 8 answers

Why. oh, why do they keep changing things without telling us, making us spend an hour searching for answers and trying things! You'd think they'd let you know when they make changes.

Thank you for posting what I hope is the solution.

Why. oh, why do they keep changing things without telling us, making us spend an hour searching for answers and trying things! You'd think they'd let you know when they make changes. Thank you for posting what I hope is the solution.
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jscher2000
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Hi lsk123, these hidden autoplay-related preferences have been under development for a long time. If you read past support threads about how they broke the Netflix player, or GIFV "images" on Imgur, etc., you know they needed more work before being unleashed on 300 million Firefox users. Meanwhile, Firefox 58 introduced a new approach to site permissions on the Options/Preferences page. When the feature is fully debugged and ready for prime-time, we expect a new section to appear where you'll be able to manage it like other site permissions, and if you want site-by-site control, a drop-panel from the left end of the address bar.

Until it is fully baked, please understand that its behavior and naming will remain in flux. And please report problems as they arise.

Hi lsk123, these hidden autoplay-related preferences have been under development for a long time. If you read past support threads about how they broke the Netflix player, or GIFV "images" on Imgur, etc., you know they needed more work before being unleashed on 300 million Firefox users. Meanwhile, Firefox 58 introduced a new approach to site permissions on the Options/Preferences page. When the feature is fully debugged and ready for prime-time, we expect a new section to appear where you'll be able to manage it like other site permissions, and if you want site-by-site control, a drop-panel from the left end of the address bar. Until it is fully baked, please understand that its behavior and naming will remain in flux. And please report problems as they arise.

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Susan_F 0 solutions 2 answers

The solution here solved my problem (once I remembered how to punctuate about:config).

Is there any way to make this post appear at the top of the search results when anyone searches "disable autoplay"? I went through multiple out-of-date posts and tried a bunch of things before I found this.

The solution here solved my problem (once I remembered how to punctuate about:config). Is there any way to make this post appear at the top of the search results when anyone searches "disable autoplay"? I went through multiple out-of-date posts and tried a bunch of things before I found this.
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You can set the first two prefs listed below (or at least user-gestures-needed) to true then to have a setting available in "Options/Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Permissions" that also allows to inspect and modify the exceptions.

  • media.autoplay.enabled.user-gestures-needed = true
  • media.autoplay.ask-permission = true
  • media.autoplay.default = 0 [0=Allowed, 1=Blocked, 2=Prompt]

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.

You can set the first two prefs listed below (or at least user-gestures-needed) to true then to have a setting available in "Options/Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Permissions" that also allows to inspect and modify the exceptions. *media.autoplay.enabled.user-gestures-needed = true *media.autoplay.ask-permission = true *media.autoplay.default = 0 [0=Allowed, 1=Blocked, 2=Prompt] You can open the <b>about:config</b> page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/about:config
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jscher2000
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Susan_F said

Is there any way to make this post appear at the top of the search results when anyone searches "disable autoplay"?

I wish! Unfortunately the old threads got a lot of "Helpful" votes back in the day and I'm not aware of a way to erase those.

''Susan_F [[#answer-1168939|said]]'' <blockquote>Is there any way to make this post appear at the top of the search results when anyone searches "disable autoplay"? </blockquote> I wish! Unfortunately the old threads got a lot of "Helpful" votes back in the day and I'm not aware of a way to erase those.
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CiaoBella1 4 solutions 200 answers

I just ran into this now. Very interesting. I tried media autoplay 'default' (correctly typed, though) but it's not on my list. The other ones on your list of three, ending with "gestures needed" and "ask permission" are on my list. I changed them both to true.

I was surprised that my former settings didn't work - I must have changed them a couple of weeks ago.

Thank you, cor-el.

I just ran into this now. Very interesting. I tried media autoplay 'default' (correctly typed, though) but it's not on my list. The other ones on your list of three, ending with "gestures needed" and "ask permission" are on my list. I changed them both to true. I was surprised that my former settings didn't work - I must have changed them a couple of weeks ago. Thank you, cor-el.

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KezzerN 0 solutions 28 answers

This worked for me initially, but now videos are auto-playing again. Any other suggestions please?

Also, why can't we just have an easy option under preferences to stop them auto-playing?

Thanks.

This worked for me initially, but now videos are auto-playing again. Any other suggestions please? Also, why can't we just have an easy option under preferences to stop them auto-playing? Thanks.
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jscher2000
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Hi KezzerN, Mozilla is planning to add a media autoplay permissions section to the Options/Preferences page once the settings have completed full testing and interface design. For now, you can use what's available.

This worked for me initially, but now videos are auto-playing again. Any other suggestions please?

Could you check again:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful or accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste autop and pause while the list is filtered

To set your preferred behavior:

Block autoplay by default

  • Double-click the media.autoplay.default preference and set it to 1
  • Some people suggest you also: Double-click the media.autoplay.allow-muted preference to switch the value from true to false

=> Does that work for you?

Ask on a site-by-site basis (default for "Nightly")

  • Double-click the media.autoplay.default preference and set it to 2
  • Double-click the media.autoplay.ask-permission preference to switch the value from false to true
  • Double-click the media.autoplay.enabled.user-gestures-needed preference to switch the value from false to true

Allow autoplay by default (default for Release)

  • Double-click the media.autoplay.default preference and set it to 0 (or right-click > Reset)

I'm sure we'll learn more about the interaction of these various preferences and what sites can bypass them as more users begin to run Firefox 63. If there are problem pages, feel free to share the links.

Hi KezzerN, Mozilla is planning to add a media autoplay permissions section to the Options/Preferences page once the settings have completed full testing and interface design. For now, you can use what's available. <blockquote>This worked for me initially, but now videos are auto-playing again. Any other suggestions please? </blockquote> Could you check again: (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful or accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''autop''' and pause while the list is filtered To set your preferred behavior: '''''Block autoplay by default''''' * Double-click the '''media.autoplay.default''' preference and set it to '''1''' * ''Some people suggest you also:'' Double-click the '''media.autoplay.allow-muted''' preference to switch the value from true to false => ''Does that work for you?'' '''''Ask on a site-by-site basis''''' (default for "Nightly") * Double-click the '''media.autoplay.default''' preference and set it to '''2''' * Double-click the '''media.autoplay.ask-permission''' preference to switch the value from false to true * Double-click the '''media.autoplay.enabled.user-gestures-needed''' preference to switch the value from false to true '''''Allow autoplay by default''''' (default for Release) * Double-click the '''media.autoplay.default''' preference and set it to '''0''' (or right-click > Reset) I'm sure we'll learn more about the interaction of these various preferences and what sites can bypass them as more users begin to run Firefox 63. If there are problem pages, feel free to share the links.
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McCoy
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@KezzerN,

Would you please continue in your own thread :

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1239777

I told you I would call for help (and jscher2000 is the one
I called ..... )

@KezzerN, Would you please continue in your own thread : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1239777 I told you I would call for help (and jscher2000 is the one <BR>I called ..... )
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KezzerN 0 solutions 28 answers

McCoy said

@KezzerN, Would you please continue in your own thread : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1239777 I told you I would call for help (and jscher2000 is the one
I called ..... )

Yes, sorry I posted this before I thought that I would be better starting a new thread.

''McCoy [[#answer-1170942|said]]'' <blockquote> @KezzerN, Would you please continue in your own thread : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1239777 I told you I would call for help (and jscher2000 is the one <BR>I called ..... ) </blockquote> Yes, sorry I posted this before I thought that I would be better starting a new thread.
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jscher2000 said

Hi lsk123, these hidden autoplay-related preferences have been under development for a long time. If you read past support threads about how they broke the Netflix player, or GIFV "images" on Imgur, etc., you know they needed more work before being unleashed on 300 million Firefox users. Meanwhile, Firefox 58 introduced a new approach to site permissions on the Options/Preferences page. When the feature is fully debugged and ready for prime-time, we expect a new section to appear where you'll be able to manage it like other site permissions, and if you want site-by-site control, a drop-panel from the left end of the address bar. Until it is fully baked, please understand that its behavior and naming will remain in flux. And please report problems as they arise.

Who has time OR inclination for this, when you're not a geek?! All a non-geek wants is for something to WORK when s/he turns it on, like my coffee pot in the morning. I know when I add water and grounds, and turn it on, a little light comes on and in 8 minutes I have coffee; I don't need to go to a website if something goes wrong. Same with this. If you're going to change things, TELL US! Put it in the update: This is changed, THIS is what to do about and oh, sorry for the inconvenience. What is so difficult about that?! The thing about geeks is they never seem to have PR skills, perhaps employing someone to do just this might help?!

''jscher2000 [[#answer-1167568|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi lsk123, these hidden autoplay-related preferences have been under development for a long time. If you read past support threads about how they broke the Netflix player, or GIFV "images" on Imgur, etc., you know they needed more work before being unleashed on 300 million Firefox users. Meanwhile, Firefox 58 introduced a new approach to site permissions on the Options/Preferences page. When the feature is fully debugged and ready for prime-time, we expect a new section to appear where you'll be able to manage it like other site permissions, and if you want site-by-site control, a drop-panel from the left end of the address bar. Until it is fully baked, please understand that its behavior and naming will remain in flux. And please report problems as they arise. </blockquote> Who has time OR inclination for this, when you're not a geek?! All a non-geek wants is for something to WORK when s/he turns it on, like my coffee pot in the morning. I know when I add water and grounds, and turn it on, a little light comes on and in 8 minutes I have coffee; I don't need to go to a website if something goes wrong. Same with this. If you're going to change things, TELL US! Put it in the update: This is changed, THIS is what to do about and oh, sorry for the inconvenience. What is so difficult about that?! The thing about geeks is they never seem to have PR skills, perhaps employing someone to do just this might help?!
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jscher2000
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Hi trennor, if you can find and change a hidden setting for a half-working feature still under development, are you sure you aren't a geek, too? Anyway:

(1) To give feedback to Mozilla, you can use one or more of the following (depending on whether you want a suggestion box or a discussion):

(2) A good site to keep an eye on Firefox developments is Ghacks:

https://www.ghacks.net/category/firefox/

Hi trennor, if you can find and change a hidden setting for a half-working feature still under development, are you sure you aren't a geek, too? Anyway: (1) To give feedback to Mozilla, you can use one or more of the following (depending on whether you want a suggestion box or a discussion): * Feedback: https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/ * Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/ * Twitter: https://twitter.com/firefox * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Firefox * Discourse: https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/firefox-development (2) A good site to keep an eye on Firefox developments is Ghacks: https://www.ghacks.net/category/firefox/
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