Can’t Stop Safari Auto-Playing Videos in iOS 17 on iPhone? Fix It!

Auto-playing videos in Safari are nothing but distractions. Moreover, they not only gobble up plenty of data unnecessarily but also make the browser sluggish. Not to mention, the auto-playing videos also eat into a good amount of battery. Though Apple offers a built-in tool to stop Safari videos from playing automatically, many users have reported that the tool does not work as expected. But bother not, these handy tips will help you stop Safari auto-playing videos in iOS 17 on iPhone and iPad.

Unable to Stop Safari Videos from Playing Automatically on iPhone/iPad? Tips to Fix It!

In this guide, we have talked about the 3 different ways to prevent videos from playing automatically in Apple Safari. To get going, make sure to take on the first one.

1. Start from Scratch

First off, I would recommend you set up the built-in tool again from scratch.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Accessibility > Per App Settings > Add App > Safari > Safari > Auto-Playing Video Previews and then ensure that Off is selected.
  • Now, restart your iPhone. Once your device has restarted, open Safari and then head over to a site where videos play automatically to check if you have gotten the better of the problem.

2. Factory Reset Your iPhone

Factory Reset has long been a very effective troubleshooter. So, we should not miss out on this one either. It’s important to point out that a factory reset erases all the existing settings and puts them all in the default state.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  • Now, tap on Reset. 
  • After that, tap on Reset All Settings > enter your device passcode and confirm the action.
Reset all settings
  • Once you have successfully factory reset your iPhone, go back to the Accessibility setting and then disable the auto-playing video previews again.

3. Update Software 

If you still can’t disable Safari auto-playing videos, there is a good chance that the problem is due to a software bug. But bother not, updating the software may help you resolve the issue. 

  • Make sure your iPhone has around 50% battery life and is connected to a stable WiFi network.
  • Head into the Settings app on your iPhone. 
  • Scroll down a bit and select General.
  • Now, tap on Software Update. After that, download and install the latest version of iOS as usual.
Update software

Take Control of Safari Auto-Playing Videos on iPhone and iPad With Ease

And that’s about! Hopefully, you have successfully stopped videos from playing automatically in Safari. Would you like to let us know the names of the tips that have helped you out? Besides, if you know any other hack that works in getting rid of this issue, be sure to let us know that as well.

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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