Firefox 67 by default blocks all media with the sound that plays automatically, to let the user block video content including Audio, Mozilla added a new setting “Block Audio and Video” to Autoplay Settings in Firefox 69.
With the current Autoplay controls in place in Firefox browser, if you land on a popular news site such as Cnet or Forbes, the audio of Autoplaying video will be muted but the video will still be played.
This is unlike to what you experience for media on Twitter and Facebook, if you want to stop the video also from playing automatically in Firefox browser, you can now utilize the newly available “Block Audio and Video” Setting in version 69, which is currently in Nightly.
To stop websites from playing media automatically with video and Audio in Firefox
1. Ensure you’re using Firefox Nightly 69
2. Click on Firefox menu > Options > Privacy and Security > Permissions
3. Click Settings for Autoplay
3. Choose “Block Audio and Video” as the setting “Default for all websites”, doing so may bring more data savings to the user.
Tip: You can also “Allow audio and video” to autoplay on all websites such as Netflix using the first new setting.
Note: You can type and add a website to exclude from Firefox default autoplay Settings in the search bar, you can see that in the above screenshot.
When Firefox blocks media with sound on a website, an icon will be shown in the address bar, clicking on it will open Control Center where you can able to block audio or “Audio and Video” or allow Audio and Video. The above control applies to all websites whereas you can able to configure block autoplay per sitewise in the control center.
We’ve created a video for you to show the difference between autoplay blocking with the default and new setting. Do checkout it below and share your opinions on this improvement with us in the comments below.