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For most apps, the op­tion to dis­able au­to­play videos will be hid­den some­where in the set­tings. For ex­am­ple, with Face­book you’ll find the op­tion to dis­able au­to­play video un­der your ac­count set­tings.

With the Face­book app, you’ll find it un­der Set­tings > Ac­count set­tings > Videos and Pho­tos Set it to “Never Au­to­play Videos” to kill that off.

If you’re surf­ing from your lap­top or desk­top though, Chrome, Fire­fox and Opera will of­fer you the eas­i­est op­tions to block au­to­play videos.

With Fire­fox, you’ll need to ad­just the ad­vanced set­tings of the browser it­self. Do this by typ­ing “about:con­fig” in the URL bar, and click the “I’ll be care­ful, I prom­ise but­ton.” Search for “me­dia. au­to­play” and dou­ble-click it tog­gle its sta­tus to off.

With Chrome and Opera, just down­load the Dis­able HTML5 Au­to­play ex­ten­sion from the re­spec­tive web­stores. This is a fairly ef­fec­tive ex­ten­sion that dis­ables au­to­play but al­lows you to click to view the video. Un­for­tu­nately, the au­thor has stopped devel­op­ment in light of Google’s up­com­ing ver­sion, but it con­tin­ues to be one of the best (and eas­i­est) ways to avoid au­to­play shock, so we’d use that for now.

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