I have several tabs open with YouTube videos, in several windows. This is on Chrome, Windows 10.

I know that if I sleep the computer, everything will come back OK. But if I log out of Windows, Chrome will be shut down. When I log in again, Chrome will restore all the tabs but start many of the videos playing, especially those in the showing tab of each open window.

How can I keep those from playing?

I already have "AUTOPLAY" off. That's not the problem.

  • Is "use Firefox instead" an option? Firefox doesn't load a page till you actually open the tab.
    – TRiG
    Oct 11, 2023 at 2:04

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But that's still the problem. Not all "autoplay off" switches can do what they should. Try Iridium.


If you often just leave open your tabs for laters (which never comes) try Suspender which is able to completely freeze tabs and free RAM resources.

Also, you can run experiments in chrome://flags/:

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