How to Disable Video Autoplay in Mac App Store

Dec 15, 2018 - 6 Comments

Disable video autoplay in the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store defaults to auto-playing videos, but if you’re not a fan of autoplaying video let alone in the Mac App Store, you can disable that capability.

When you turn off video autoplay in the Mac App Store, the videos accompanying apps will still exist, but they must be played manually.

How to Disable Video Autoplay in the Mac App Store

Here is how you can turn off autoplaying videos in the App Store on Mac OS:

  1. Open the Mac App Store if you haven’t done so yet
  2. Use the App Store

  3. Pull down the “App Store” menu and choose Preferences
  4. Access the Mac App Store Preferences

  5. Uncheck the box next to “Video Autoplay” to turn off the feature
  6. How to disable Video Autoplay in Mac App Store

  7. Close preferences and browse the App Store as usual

Now as you browse around the Mac App Store, videos accompanying apps will no longer automatically play.

App videos in the Mac App Store will still exist, but they must be played manually by clicking on the video play button.

This obviously applies to the Mac, but if you have an iPhone or iPad you can also disable video autoplay in the iOS App Store too.

Interestingly, if you enable Reduce Motion in MacOS then video autoplay in the Mac App Store will automatically be disabled as well, so if you enter the app preferences to discover the setting is grayed out or inaccessible, that may be why.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Walter Sheluk says:

    No such setting in Mac OS High Sierra .

  2. Rina says:

    This is helpful, thanks. Can you also explain how to stop iTunes from opening and playing automatically?

  3. Pete says:

    Agree with Rina. No option on High Sierra.

  4. Richard Arrindell says:

    What Rena says. Can you also explain how to stop iTunes from opening and playing automatically?

  5. RA XA says:

    Hey Paul,
    Thanks for sharing these useful tips, just in der time!
    I have at Thursday activate in my iPhone personal Hotspot and the next morning my battery was nearly
    amply .., many of my contacts and Nachbaren got used
    it because my internet provider gave it free. The same
    with my Abo für Musik was playing…. is it not funny 😁?
    Have a great new week and stay healthy.
    Friendly regards from 🇦🇹

  6. Marilyn G Clark says:

    My AppStore looks nothing like yours. There is no pull-down menu anywhere. I’m on High Sierra on iMac.

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