As I'm sure we're all aware, Chrome by default loads background tabs as soon as they're opened - youtube videos autoplay, ads load, it's a mess. To my knowledge (and following from this thread) there is no way to change this natively, and no plans to implement it in the future.

I've tried searching around for apps/extensions that prevent background tabs from being loaded until they're navigated to, with very limited and mediocre results. The closest solutions seem to be:

Neither of these prevent the video from loading the first place, and still leave me with a lot of bandwidth-sucking and restarting the video when I get around to the tab. First-world problems, I know, but after a few weeks of this it gets under your skin.

I'm hoping my search-fu just isn't strong enough to find a solution - is there any way to give Chrome behavior similar to Safari or Firefox, where the tab just doesn't load until you navigate to it? I'll accept apps, extensions, terminal hacks, anything that works.

  • The closest I get to it is to Disable the Flash and other PlugIns in Chrome, that way lots of "stuff" does not get downloaded (auto play) till I say so.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 5, 2014 at 16:41

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Until Chrome comes up with that function like FF, the closest you can get to it is to Disable lots of bandwidth and storage consuming apps.

That can be done here:

click to play

Also go to your chrome://plugins/

and disable all Plugins you do not want.

That will not stop the background loading of the page but will limit the what, and you can still use them at your desire (it will ask you).

And it looks like this example of not loading some advertisement at the top of a page.

block flash

  • I was afraid of that - but I suppose that's the best I can ask for. Thanks!
    – CodeMoose
    Commented Sep 5, 2014 at 19:56

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