Sometimes I need to go to a video just to check its description and not to watch the video. Those times I am frequently bothered by the automatic play of the video, which often happens to start with an ad. Is there an option in the YouTube settings to prevent that? (a Safari extension would also do the trick)

  • This might be what you're looking for: support.apple.com/guide/safari/…
    – Mahdiar
    Jul 12, 2022 at 22:48
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You mention:

a Safari extension would also do the trick

There is now an option in Safari to choose per site.
You do not need an extension.
You need to take the action just once.

Please try the following:

  1. go to Safari
  2. click on Settings for This Website...
  3. on the pop-up choose Stop Media with Sound

(DO make sure you are on youtube.com and NOT on the specific video)

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You should finally have this:

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  • This almost does the trick. Using this, I can stop the auto-play whenever I open the videos in new tabs in the background. When I go to the previously created new tab, the video does not auto-play. However, whenever I do not use tabs but instead left-click on the video thumbnail, the video auto-plays once the website has loaded.
    – Stefano
    Jul 18, 2022 at 23:33
  • Please have a look at this alternative (worked on my end - macos Big Sur). I can then add it to the answer. Jul 19, 2022 at 10:09
  • Sorry we could not find a better solution for you Jul 20, 2022 at 15:49

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