How to Disable Autoplay Live Photos and Videos in Photos App on macOS Catalina

Photos app has seen some neat improvements in macOS Catalina. One of the little nifty features that have caught my eyes is the “auto-playing videos and live pics”. They (kind of) not only make the photo library feel alive but also offer a sneak peek into what your shots have in store. While I really like this addition, sometimes I find it a bit distracting. Aside from distracting attention, it also consumes a good amount of battery. So, times when preserving battery life matters more than pleasing your eyes with the auto-running clips, be sure to disable autoplay Live Photos and videos feature in macOS Catalina.

Disable Autoplay Live Photos and Videos in Photos App on Mac

macOS offers a straightforward way to customize the Photos app settings. Therefore, you can quickly head into the preferences to enable/disable this feature as per your needs. That said, let me walk you through the easy steps!

  1. Launch Photos app on your Mac. You can find the app in the Dock. If it’s not there, simply search it in the Spotlight and open it.

Launch Photos app on your Mac

2. Now, click on the Photos menu at the top left corner of the screen and choose Preferences. 

Click on Photos menu and choose Preferences

3. Next, ensure that the General tab is selected if it’s not already. Then after, uncheck the box for “Auto-Play Live Photos and Videos”. 

Make Sure General Tab is selected

Uncheck the box for Autoplay videos and live photos

That’s pretty much it! Going forward, the clips and live photos will no longer play automatically in your photo library. Thus, you can navigate through your albums with a little peace of mind.

Well, if you ever happen to change your mind and want to let those cool photos to catch your eyes, all you need to do is return to the Photos Preferences and then check the box.

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Stop Live Photos and Videos from Playing Automatically

So, that’s a pretty easy way to prevent live images and clips from not only distracting you but also consuming the battery of your MacBook. It’s good that Apple has made it an opt-in feature so that users can turn it on/off based on their needs. Have any feedback about this new macOS feature? Be sure to let us know that in the comments.

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  • Cruz says:

    Thank you! This was straight forward.

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