Safari 11: Block Autoplay Videos and Website Tracking

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21 / 11 / 2017

Safari 11: Block Autoplay Videos and Website Tracking

Recently, Apple released the new version of Safari for High Sierra, compatible with previous macOS versions. Now users can block autoplay videos and disable website tracking. How do you get started? Here are some tips and tricks to get the most from Safari.

Autoplay video ads are the new internet plague. Some users may like various sounds playing in the background, but most users hate them. If autoplay videos annoy you, it’s high time you adjust your Safari preferences.

There are two tricks to stop videos from autoplaying in Safari:

Trick #1

  1. If a website autoplays videos by default, try to change the way those videos play. Click on the Safari tab at the top menu bar and select Settings for This Website.

  2. Select Autoplay in the settings list. Next, select which one of the three options will work best for you: Allow All Auto-Play, Stop Media With Sound, or Never Auto-Play.

  3. Click anywhere on the screen to automatically save your preferences. If you selected Stop Media With Sound, or Never Auto-Play, the play button in the video window is now enabled.

Trick #2

There is another way to disable autoplay videos on a specific Safari webpage (this is handy if you visit this webpage often).

  1. Open the website on which you want to disable autoplay.

  2. Navigate to Safari Preferences.

  3. Choose the Websites icon at the top.

  4. Select Auto-Play in the left column.

  5. Find the website you need in the list.

  6. Click it and select the option you need.  

Pay attention to the setting at the bottom of the window. It is named When visiting other websites, and it duplicates the options above. 

There is another gem in Safari’s collection for frequent online shoppers. If you’ve googled, let’s say, a vacuum cleaner, you’ll probably start seeing vacuum cleaner ads no matter what website you’re browsing. It can feel like you’re being stalked by someone who constantly monitors your shopping habits when those annoying context ads pop up.

Sound familiar? This is called website tracking. Fortunately, Safari runs a WebKit engine, which can restrict online tracking. What’s more, Apple has implemented the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature to cut down the cross-site tracking: it disables and eliminates cookies, which helps keep your browsing private.

Safari 11 uses ITP, so Mac users have the option to turn it on. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Launch Safari and navigate to Preferences.

  2. Select the Privacy tab.

  3. Find the Ask websites not to track me section and make sure this option is checked. 

  4. Close the window and enjoy browsing with no context ads.

These two major search engine improvements make the life of Mac users much easier. Share your new browsing experiences in Comments and stay tuned for our latest blog updates.