How to Disable Auto-Play Videos in Google Play Store

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Does anyone like video auto-play? I know I don’t. Google recently added video auto-play to the Play Store on Android. Like Netflix and YouTube, they can now be easily disabled from the application’s settings menu.

Google Play autoplay videos can usually be found in the special “Games” feed. There appear to be at least two formats, and not all of them are user-controllable. A “Game Spotlight” area currently displays Call of Duty: Mobile. The carousel of advertising graphics is driven by a video that is played as you scroll down the page.

Another example might be an endless “Suggested for you” merry-go-round below, playing only one application video at a time. The small difference is that the autoplay function does not start immediately and waits a few seconds for the video to load, which is indicated by a pulsed play button. Once playback has started, an audible indicator in the lower right corner allows you to disable and cancel the standard YouTube controls when you press it.

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How to Stop Auto-Play Videos in Google Play Store

Luckily, the Play Store, like YouTube, gives us a little control and even allows us to completely block the playback of these videos. The option first appeared in November, when Google tested the option to disable automatic video playback for some users. Now the settings are deployed for all users, and if you’re like me, you can disable it from the introduction.

  • To get started, open the navigation drawer by tapping on the hamburger menu.
  • Then select Settings and choose Play videos automatically.
  • From this menu, you can select Automatically play videos anytime, Automatically play videos over Wi-Fi only, or Don’t play videos automatically.

By default, Auto play only via Wi-Fi is selected. Video enthusiasts might want to play videos all the time, but remember that this will count towards your monthly mobile data allowance.


Automated content playback falls into the same category of harassment as pop-ups, popunders, flashing, distracting advertisements and other elements that distract the user.

It is interesting to note that video autoplaying is a major taboo when it comes to Google’s own criteria for evaluating the quality of a website. This is not the first time that Google has deviated from its own quality guidelines for webmasters, and it seems likely that it will not be the last.

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