How to Allow or Block Sound Autoplay in Firefox Computer?

Learn how to allow or block audio and video autoplay in the Firefox computer browser. You can disable sound permission for a single site or all websites.

Many websites that play music or videos without your consent is bound to annoy you. One must know how to shut it off. Probably that’s the reason why you are here.

I am a blogger and spent most of my time reading articles. But these days whenever I open any website, the video advert starts playing automatically. This ad music is annoying enough to ruin my browsing experience and also create a panic when I am sitting in the library. So I have decided to find a permanent solution to stop sound and even auto-playing.

Technically, there are two ways to handle this kind of issue in the Firefox browser. You can either choose to disable the sound access for all websites or stop autoplay media on a site.

Personally, I found the second option to disable autoplay better, however, I’ve mentioned both in this article.

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Block Audio Permissions in Firefox

Who likes distractions while they are reading or working? The loud as music or useless videos that start playing automatically can ruin your mood. Hence, we are left with no other option than to turn off the sound.

Follow these steps to block sound in Firefox for all sites: 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click on Firefox Menu iconfor menu list.
  3. Choose the Options tab from the list.
    How to block sound acess in Firefox computer
  4. Switch to Privacy & Security tab from the left pane.
  5. Scroll down to the Permission section.
  6. Click on the Settings… button next to the Autoplay.
    How to Allow or Block Sound Access in Firefox Computer?
    This will open the Autoplay Settings window.
  7. From the Default for all websites drop-down, select the Block Audio option.
    How to block sound access in Firefox computer
  8. Hit on the Save Changes command button.

The Block Audio will prevent the websites from playing music automatically. The down-side of blocking all websites will no longer play audio even on streaming sites like YouTube, or Spotify.

Stop Autoplay for Site in Firefox

Instead of blocking all the sites, it’s better we block specific sites that you often visit. We can block sound and video autoplay for a single website on a Firefox computer.

This can be done using two simple ways mention below. You can use either the Auto Play or the Page info option.

Using Autoplay Icon Settings:

When you are browsing a site that supports media streaming or autoplay, you will notice an autoplay icon firefox autoplay icon in the address bar. Clicking on this autoplay icon will help you to manage the autoplay settings of that particular website.

Here are steps to block sound access by using autoplay settings: 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Open a streaming site or a site that you want to disable autoplay.
  3. Click on firefox autoplay icon within the URL bar.
  4. Under the Permissions section, set the Autoplay setting to Block Audio.
    How to block sound access for single webiste in Firefox computer using Autoplay settings

That’s it. The autoplay will stop for that specific site. You will not longer hear anything from that blocked site unless Allow again.

Using Page Info Window:

You can also manage the audio setting in the Firefox computer using the page info window. The page info allows managing the granular level of permissions to the site within the Firefox browser.

Here are the steps to block autoplay using the page info in Firefox: 

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Open any site that you want to disable autoplay.
  3. Right-click anywhere and choose View page info.
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  4. Switch to the Permissions tab.
  5. Under the Autoplay section, uncheck the Use Default option.
  6. Next, switch the radio button and choose Block Audio.
    how to block sound access for single website in Firefox using page info window
  7. Close the window to save the changes and reload the website page.

This will block the media autoplay option for the site within the firefox browser.

Personally, I prefer using this autoplay option to stop the video and audio playing in the background. This will only disable the audio on the selected site.

Allow Sound Access in Firefox

Some websites may require sound access. For such websites, it is better to grant them access to the sound permissions. By default, the sound is enabled for all the sites, unless you’ve disabled it.

Here are the steps to allow sound access to sites on Firefox: 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click on Firefox Menu iconfor menu list.
  3. Choose the Options tab from the list.
  4. Switch to Privacy & Security tab and scroll down to the Permissions section.
  5. Click on the Settings… available next to the Autoplay. 
    How to allow sound access in firefox computer
  6. From the Default for all websites dropdown, choose to Allow Audio and Video.
  7. Click on Save Changes.
    How to allow sound access in Firefox computer

This will grant audio and video play access to all websites. The sites like YouTube may require sound access to play videos. It is suggested to allow it for such websites.

Allow Sound for Single Site

Like we have made the changes in autoplay permissions to disable the sound access to a single site, we can also do the same to allow specific sites in Firefox. However, the website should have been blocked from sound permissions first.

This method will help in unmute the sites that were disabled to autoplay audio and video.

Follow these steps to allow sound access for a single website: 

  1. Launch the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click Firefox Menu iconfor the menu and choose the Options tab.
  3. Switch to Privacy & Security tab and scroll down to the Permissions section.
  4. Click on the Settings… option next to Autoplay.
    How to allow sound access for single website in Firefox computerYou can see all websites that are blocked for sound access earlier.
  5. Click on the URL of the website you want to enable sound.
  6. Change the Status to Allow Audio and Video from the drop-down.
  7. Click on Save Changes.
    How to allow sound access for single website in Firefox computer

This will allow the audio from a site that was previously blocked from the sound or autoplay permissions. This will also help in resolving the issues with audio not playing in firefox. We just need to verify if the setting is correct.

Bottom Line: Sound Access Firefox

Allow or block audio in Firefox computer functionality will surely help you to improve your browsing experience. I’ve mentioned every possible setting for audio and video autoplay.

After following these steps, I have managed to get rid of the annoying music ads effectively. Now I can browse the websites in peace without worrying about the annoying audio. You can also block the complete autoplay of audio and video using the same settings page, but need to choose a different option.

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Have you blocked the sound access for all the websites? or have you chosen to disable the autoplay for any specific site?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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