Google Chrome 64 to block auto-playing videos


The new features will not only allow users to avoid obnoxiously loud videos that they do not want to see anyway, but it will also help them consume less data and battery life on their mobile devices. Presently Google says it will accomplish something in regards to the issue. Starting in Chrome 64, which is now earmarked for a January 2018 release, auto-play will only be allowed when the video in question is muted, or when a "user has indicated an interest in the media".

As the company explains in a blog post, autoplay will only be allowed when the media itself doesn't include sound, or when the user has indicated an interest in the media. In that last case, client intrigue can be controlled by an assortment of elements. According to the browser's developer notes, it means tapping or clicking somewhere on the site during the browsing session, adding the site to the homescreen on a mobile phone, or frequently playing media on the site.

Be that as it may, in the meantime, Google is crippling some of its insurance against autoplay for smartphone clients.

In addition, Chrome 63 will also be the first browser version that will mark FTP links as "Not Secure". In this menu, users now find an assortment of options they can toggle, and next month they will be able to block sound from playing.

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There will be some assistance on that front, in any case. But in Chrome 64, which is set to be released in January next year, videos will only autoplay with sound when given permission to do so.

One of the most annoying things about surfing today's web - besides all those ads, of course - is landing on a site and getting blasted by a video that starts playing automatically. The organization has just been building up a local advertisement blocker for Chrome, which flew up in the Android designer construct prior this late spring.

Google, which refers to the ad-blocker as an ad "filter", is using a list of unacceptable ad types provided by the Coalition for Better Ads, an advertising industry trade group.