Google Chrome starts blocking automatic video playback

Google Chrome will block videos with self-replay based on your browsing habits and if the video starts with sound by default.

Google Chrome for desktop has been updated with a new feature that will block automatic video playback on many websites, depending on your browsing habits.

The update was made in April with version 66 but the feature starts to activate gradually these days in a very personalized way, so users of the browser will begin to see changes in this direction these days.

Google proposes that Chrome learn from the user and allow the Auto Play on websites where previously seen videos. That is, you will remember past actions.

for example: If you usually browse Facebook regularly, but do not stay watching videos in the News feed, Chrome starts to block Auto Play automatically.

On the contrary, if you usually stay watching videos on some web, when this tries to auto play them, Chrome will allow it.

John Pallet, product manager at Google has published an article explaining the operation of this new feature and the objectives. The idea is that in this initial phase Google Chrome block half of the unwanted auto-productions.

It also offers an interesting fact, but for many of us it is almost obvious: most of us pause, remove the volume or close the tab on websites where videos are auto-productions and we do it, on average, in six seconds or less.

Most likely Chrome will block the vast majority of auto-productions with active sound, something that we strongly appreciate.

The blocking of videos with Auto Play in Chrome desktop adapts a feature that Google added to the mobile version of the browser in September 2017. At that time they already explained that it will happen as long as the user shows interest in the content and the video plays without sound.

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