macOS High Sierra

Stop autoplay videos

Some websites—and others who provide those sites with content, including advertisers—automatically play video when you visit their site. Muting tabs and windows is a quick and temporary solution, but you can permanently block video for an individual website or for all websites.

Block video for the currently displayed website

  1. Choose Safari > Settings for This Website.

    You can also Control-click in the Smart Search field, then choose Settings for This Website.

  2. Hold the pointer to the right of Auto-Play, then click the pop-up menu and choose an option:

    • Allow All Auto-Play: Lets videos on this website play automatically.

    • Stop Media with Sound: Blocks autoplay for videos that contain audio, but allows other videos to play.

    • Never Auto-Play: Blocks autoplay for all videos on this website.

Block video for all websites

  1. Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Websites.

  2. Click Auto-Play in the list on the left.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose settings for a website in the list: Select the website on the right, then choose the option you want for it.

    • Choose settings for all websites that aren’t currently customized: Click the “When visiting other websites” pop-up menu, then choose an option.

      You can see websites you’ve customized under Configured Websites. If you don’t see Configured Websites, either you haven’t customized a website yet, or you’ve cleared the list.

    • Choose settings for all websites: Make sure no websites are listed under Configured Websites (to clear the list quickly, select the websites, then click Remove). Click the “When visiting other websites” pop-up menu, then choose an option.