Autoplay with iOS / Androids

The autoplay option does not work on Apple iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) because Apple specifically prohibits it. Basically, iOS devices requires actual user interaction (physical touch) to start play Audio / Video Players.

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According to Apple documentation:

Controls are always supplied during fullscreen playback on iPhone and iPod touch, and the placeholder allows the user to initiate fullscreen playback. On the desktop or iPad, you must either include the controls attribute or provide playback controls using JavaScript. It is especially important to provide user controls on iPad because autoplay is disabled to prevent unsolicited cellular download.

In Safari on iOS (for all devices, including iPad), where the user may be on a cellular network and be charged per data unit, preload and autoplay are disabled. No data is loaded until the user initiates it. This means the JavaScript play() and load() methods are also inactive until the user initiates playback, unless the play() or load() method is triggered by user action. In other words, a user-initiated Play button works, but an onLoad=”play()” event does not.

iOS-Specific Considerations

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