How to Stop Autoplay Video Pausing Using a Simple Code Snippet

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Have you ever visited a website and suddenly a video starts playing automatically? It’s not only annoying but also a huge distraction that can make it hard to navigate the page.

This is why most modern browsers mute or pause autoplay media by default. Moreover, they block playback if it’s programmatically initiated in a tab that hasn’t had any user interaction.

However, this means that if you’re using videos on your site to convey a message or to arouse interest, your viewers may miss out on that opportunity. If your viewer isn’t able to click on the video to start it, they might get frustrated and leave the site.

Fortunately, there are ways to stop videos from pausing automatically. In this article, we’ll show you how to do it using a simple code snippet.

1. Check Your Audio Devices

Most headphones and earbuds come with an auto-pause feature that activates when you take them off your ears. So, if you’re watching a video on YouTube and it keeps stuttering every few seconds, your headsets may be the culprit.

Another possible reason why your videos keep pausing is that you haven’t configured your audio device settings properly. To fix this, go to the audio settings in your computer or mobile phone and configure the playback volume so that it’s not muted. This will ensure that your videos aren’t constantly being paused by the autoplay feature. For even better results, enable “Start Muted” in your autoplay settings as well. This will reduce the likelihood of your viewers’ browsers blocking playback altogether.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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