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Original poster
Sep 2, 2013
Really really want a way to stop ALL videos from all sites and apps from automatically playing. Especially when airplaying to ATV or smart tv.

When airplaying, any type of video on a site and from apps starts to play and messes up whatever you’re airplaying. Super annoying.

Even something as simple as a google search does this nonsense


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macrumors member
Sep 19, 2022
I completely agree. I often play a game and listen to podcasts, then an ad pops up in the game and stops the podcast, and forces me to let the ad run. I have to go back and restart the podcast.


Sep 29, 2017
East Bay, CA
CNN has started to do this with advertising on their web site. Usually it is an ad/story in the upper right corner that runs automatically all the time. In other stories CNN is forcing users to watch television ads first before watching story video. I see enough of these on cable, now I am forced to watch a bunch of arrogant idiots in good humor uniforms peddle insurance.

BTW, my wife was an insurance agent for 25 years and we never saw any real agents in good humor uniforms with aprons!


macrumors regular
Apr 4, 2023
It’s a bit of a hack, but turning on Low Power Mode disables Safari autoplay (even on YouTube)

I’m personally avoidant of extensions/apps like StopTheMadness because it provides full access to the contents of the page, including passwords. The developer says they don’t collect or inspect any of that data, but that’s not something that’s verifiable or enforceable on your/Apple’s side. Also, supply chain attacks are real so it’s entirely possible that an extension like StopTheMadness could rely on a package that becomes compromised, which consequently compromises you. To me, that’s an unacceptable amount of risk for a bit of convenience, but obviously everyone has their own personal risk criteria and this may seem like a fair trade to you.
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