Big changes to Google Chrome autoplay videos

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Good News, Starting in January 2018, Chrome is going to save us from autoplay videos. There are few things in life more annoying than a video you never wanted to watch blaring audio out of your speakers when you least expect it.

We’ll see two separate changes the coming months. Starting in October of this year, Chrome 63 will give users the ability to mute entire websites. Not all users have the same preferences for autoplay media so Chrome 63 will add a new user option to completely disable audio for individual sites. This site muting option will persist between browsing sessions, allowing users to customize when and where audio will play. Then when Chrome 64 rolls out in January 2018, videos will no longer auto-play unless they’re muted. The one caveat to this is that if you’ve shown interest in watching the video, Chrome will unmute it and it’ll automatically play.

So, what does Google define as showing interest? For desktop users, that means its a site you’re currently looking at. This means you won’t have to search through your other tabs hunting for videos that might be playing in the background. For mobile, only sites that you’ve saved to your home screen will auto-play video.

So this is an amazing news for those with a limited Data plan or for those who don't want to be annoyed by a random playing video. Google plans the rollout for January.

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