How to Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10


Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17704, Microsoft added a new setting in Microsoft Edge to allow you to control whether sites can autoplay media.

You can customize the behavior according to your preferences:
  • Allow is the default and will continue to play videos when a tab is first viewed in the foreground, at the site’s discretion.
  • Limit will restrict autoplay to only work when videos are muted, so you‘re never surprised by sound. Once you click anywhere on the page, autoplay is re-enabled, and will continue to be allowed within that domain in that tab.
  • Block will prevent autoplay on all sites until you interact with the media content. Note that this may break some sites due to the strict enforcement – you may need to click multiple times for some video or audio to play correctly. Some sites may not work at all – in those cases, you can enable or block autoplay on a case-by-case bases from the website permissions pane (click the icon next to the address in the Address Bar).

See also: Dev guide - Autoplay policies - Microsoft Edge Development | Microsoft Docs

This tutorial will show you how to allow, limit, or block if audio and video play automatically on sites in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge using a REG file
  • Option Three: Manage Permissions for Media Autoplay Per-site in Microsoft Edge





Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge Settings

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app.

2. Click/tap on the Setting and more (Alt+X) button (3 dots) at the top right corner, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Advanced on the left side, and select Allow (default), Limit, or Block in the Media autoplay drop menu for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below make changes to the DWORD value in the registry key below.

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main

MediaAutoPlayOption DWORD

0 = Allow (default)
1 = Limit
2 = Block


1. Do step 2 (allow), step 3 (limit), or step 4 (block) below for what want.


 2. To Allow Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Allow_media_autoplay_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download


 3. To Limit Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Limit_media_autoplay_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download


 4. To Block Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Block_media_autoplay_in_Microsoft_Edge.reg

download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8. If Microsoft Edge is currently open, then close and reopen Microsoft Edge to apply.

9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10
Manage Permissions for Media Autoplay Per-site in Microsoft Edge


This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17713.

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app.

2. While on the website you want to manage autoplay permissions for, click/tap on the Show site information icon in the address bar. (see screenshots below step 3 and 4)

3. If you have not set any permissions for this site yet, click/tap on the Media autoplay settings link. (see screenshot below)

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4. If you have previously set permissions for this site, click/tap on the Manage permissions link. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on the website you want to manage permissions for. (see screenshot below)

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6. If you want to change Media autoplay permissions, select Allow, Limit, or Block from the drop down for what you want for this website. (see screenshot below)

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7. If you want to remove this website from per-site managed permissions, click/tap on the Clear permissions button.. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn