Why are Some Autoplaying Videos Muted?

Why don’t my videos autoplay with sound?

You may have noticed that videos with autoplay enabled, start off muted in most browsers. This is becasue browser manufacturers have changed how their software handles autoplaying videos.

Which browsers support autoplaying video with sound?

According to autoplay specifications, autoplaying videos on iOS, Safari, Chrome, Android, Firefox, and Edge must start out muted. This policy is controlled by the browser manufacturers. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to change this on our end.

Here are links to the policy change for each browser:

Example of an Autoplaying Video

The video below is set to autoplay, and you can try viewing it in different browsers to see how their different policies take effect.

TIP: You can hide the volume icon by including the “volume=0” or “background=true” embed code parameters. You can learn more about embed code parameters here.

Note: Chrome will rely on your viewer’s Media Engagement Index to decide if it will autoplay a video with sound or not. Chrome calculates a media engagement score which is highest on sites where media is played on a regular basis. When it is high enough, media playback is allowed to autoplay with sound on desktop only.

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