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How to Allow or Block Sound Autoplay in Firefox Computer?

Sometimes Sites play unnecessary audio and videos automatically due to the unwanted permissions that allow the site to autoplay the Audio and videos. You can easily change this setting in your Firefox Browser. You just have to go to the Settings and open the Privacy and Security option where within Permission you will have to open the settings in front of the Autoplay option. From there click on the drop-down menu and click on Block Audio.

Many websites that play music or videos without your consent are 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 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:Ā 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click onĀ Firefox Menu iconfor menu list.
  3. Choose the Settings 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 PermissionĀ 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 theĀ 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 BlockĀ Audio will prevent the websites from playing music automatically. The downside 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 mentioned 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:Ā 

  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 theĀ 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 no longer hear anything from that blocked site unless allowed 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:Ā 

  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 theĀ Autoplay section, uncheck the Use DefaultĀ 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 from 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 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:Ā 

  1. Launch Firefox browser on the computer.
  2. Click onĀ Firefox Menu iconfor menu list.
  3. Choose the OptionsĀ tab from the list.
  4. Switch to Privacy & Security tab and scroll down to theĀ Permissions section.
  5. Click on the Settings… available next to theĀ Autoplay.Ā 
    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 to a single website:Ā 

  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?

FAQs: Allow or Block Sound Autoplay in Firefox Computer

Now, let us go through the frequently asked questions regarding how to Allow or Block Sound Autoplay in Firefox computers.

How to Block Autoplay audio in Firefox Computer?

Launch the Firefox browser on your Computer and hit on the menu icon at the top right corner and open the Settings. Next under the Privacy and Security, scroll down for the Permission section. Within the Permission section, hit on the Settings tab in front of the Autoplay button. Now from theĀ Default for all websites drop-down, select the Block Audio option.

How to Allow Autoplay audio in Firefox Computer?

Launch the Firefox browser on your Computer and hit on the menu icon at the top right corner and open the Settings. Next under the Privacy and Security, scroll down for the Permission section. Within the Permission section, hit on the Settings tab in front of the Autoplay button. Now from theĀ Default for all websites drop-down, select the Allow Audio and VideoĀ option.

How to allow audio autoplay for a single Site?

Launch the Firefox browser on your Computer and hit on the menu icon at the top right corner and open the Settings. Next under the Privacy and Security, scroll down for the Permission section. Within the Permission section, hit on the Settings tab in front of the Autoplay button. Enter the URL on the Search website bar and select the status as allowed for audio and video.

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

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Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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4 thoughts on “How to Allow or Block Sound Autoplay in Firefox Computer?”

  1. This is deep explanation! I got the link to this article from one support member after I asked them to fix loss of sound when a message arrived from my prospective client.

  2. Why writing such a long guide when it does not work?
    I always have auto-play blocked for all sites, but yahoo news pages still play video with audio

  3. i find it very annoying that you cannot manually enter a site or URL to allow media rather than waiting for the request to be denied by FF and going in to allow it.
    Mozilla has become very main stream and draconian like IE or Edge

    Will be ditching it after 10+ years

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