Last updated 2022-07-23 06:56:26

HTML Video Autoplay Not Working | Fix

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Animated GIFs need to be fully downloaded before they can be played. This can take a toll on your website's loading speed. You should consider loading your animations as a video instead by using the following HTML markup.

01: <video loop autoplay> 02: <source src="path/to/video.mp4" type="video/mp4" /> 03: </video>

By adding the autoplay and loop attributes, your video should play immediately and continuously.

These attributes however are not always enough to get your video to autoplay.

Muting your videos

Some modern browsers like chrome will not auto-play your video if it's not muted [↗]. The general rule of many browsers is that a user must opt-in to certain actions before they can happen.

So we will have to adjust our code above by adding the muted attribute to get it to auto-play.

01: <video loop muted autoplay> 02: <source src="path/to/video.mp4" type="video/mp4" /> 03: </video>

play inline on mobile

Again based on the general rule of allowing the user to control actions on their devices, IOS devices will not auto-play videos unless they are set to play inline.

By default on mobile, videos play in fullscreen. If a video is not set to play inline it will not auto-play. Playing inline ensures the video is not opened up in fullscreen.

01: <video loop muted playsinline autoplay> 02: <source src="path/to/video.mp4" type="video/mp4" /> 03: </video>

Last resort

Sometimes all the above solutions might not work. In which case we turn to Javascript to get our video to play.

01: <video loop poster="https://via.placeholder.com/200x200.png/000/fff?text=click%20to%20play" onclick="this.play()"> 02: <source src="path/to/video.mp4" type="video/mp4" /> 03: </video>

In the code above we added a poster attribute, this points to a URL that generates an image telling the user to click on the video to get it to play.

The onclick attribute handles the actual playing of the video ie: onclick="this.play()".

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