Microsoft Edge 92 won’t autoplay all media anymore by default

Microsoft Edge 92 won't autoplay all media anymore by default

Microsoft released a replacement stable version of its Edge browser, Microsoft Edge 92, earlier in the week. Edge 92 may be a big update that introduces many new features for home users and enterprise customers.

One of the changes of Edge 92 impacts autoplay content online. Microsoft Edge, up so far, allowed all sites to autoplay content by default. However, starting in Edge 92, that’s not the case.

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Microsoft flipped the media autoplay setting to limited instead. Limited allows some content to be played automatically, but it requires users to interact with the location previously. So, for example, if you’re on YouTube daily, YouTube videos still autoplay. However, if you visit a site for the primary time, the content won’t make autoplay as you have never interacted with the location before.

Configuring Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge supports three states for media autoplay:

  • Allow: All media will play automatically. Refresh the page to ascertain changes to the current setting.
  • Limit: Media will play counting on how you’ve visited the page and whether you interacted with media within the past. Refresh the page to ascertain changes to the current setting.
  • Block: Media are going to be blocked when navigating between different sites. Refresh the page to ascertain changes to the current setting.

Allow was the default in Edge 91 and earlier. The Limit is that the new default from Edge 92.

Block isn’t displayed by default. Instead, it’s the strictest setting because it will block all media from playing automatically no matter whether you’ve interacted with the location previously.

Here is how you add Block as an option:

  1. Load edge://flags/#edge-autoplay-user-setting-block-option within the Microsoft Edge address bar.
  2. Set the experimental flag to Enabled.
  3. Restart Microsoft Edge.

How to control media autoplay in Edge

  1. Load edge://settings/content/media autoplay within the browser’s address bar.
  2. Activate the menu next to “Control if audio and video play automatically on sites.”
    • Set it permit to permit all autoplay.
    • Set it to the dam to dam all autoplay.
    • Please set it to Limit to permit autoplay on sites you have been to before.

Microsoft Edge honors the new autoplay setting directly.

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Autoplay exceptions for sites

If you set the media autoplay setting to limit or block but have a site that you want media to autoplay on, you’ll use the built-in allow the list to try to do so.

  1. Load the most autoplay preference page again: edge://settings/content/mediaAutoplay
  2. Click on the “Add” button to feature a site to the allow list.
  3. Type or copy its address without protocol, e.g. [*.] to permit audio and video autoplay on and every one of the subdomains of the location.
  4. Select “Add” to feature the location to the list of exclusions.