How to Make Google Slides Autoplay (Easy Guide)

When presenting with Google Slides, you might prefer an automatic playback for your slides. Fortunately, setting Google Slides to autoplay is simple. This article outlines two easy methods to enable autoplay for your presentation.

Quick Steps to Autoplay Google Slides:

  • Open Google Slide.
  • Click “Slideshow” or “CTRL+F5”.
  • Hover bottom left for menu (⋮).
  • Select “Auto-play” and set duration.

While the “Slideshow” method is a popular way to autoplay Google Slides, it’s worth noting that there are other methods and steps you can explore to fine-tune your presentation experience. Keep reading for a more in-depth tutorial on how to make Google Slides autoplay.

AutoPlay Google Slides from Slideshow

The initial approach to autoplay your Google Slides involves the “Slideshow” feature. Let’s delve into how to set your slides to autoplay using this method:

Step 1: Click on Slideshow

First, open the Google Slide you want to autoplay. Then find and press the “Slideshow” option in the top-right of the screen. Alternatively, you can also press “CTRL+F5” to start the slideshow.

Step 2: Find the Menu

Once you’re in the slideshow, you need to bring up the menu bar. To do this, move your cursor to the bottom left of the screen. Now you will see the page number and the menu icon (⋮) beside it.

Step 3: Press on AutoPlay

Clicking the menu icon reveals a pop-up menu with the Autoplay feature. Select “Auto-play” from the options presented.

Step 4: Set the Time for Autoplay

Once you press Autoplay, a new pop-up menu will appear on the screen. Here you can set how long each slide should play before advancing to the next one. After selecting the duration, press “Play” to start the autoplay.

Method 2: Autoplay from “Publish to the web”

Another way to set your Google Slides to autoplay is through the “Publish to the web” feature. This method is somewhat more straightforward than the first and offers the added benefit of sharing your presentation via a link.

Step 1: Open “Publish to the web”

Begin by opening your Google Slide presentation. Navigate to “File” and then select “Publish to the web” from the available options.

Step 2: Select “Start slideshow”

Under the “Link” tab, choose “Start slideshow as soon as the player loads.” This ensures the slideshow begins immediately when the link is accessed. Additionally, you can dictate the duration each slide displays before moving to the next using the “Auto-advance slides” setting.

Step 3: Copy and share the link

Once you’ve configured the settings, click “Publish”. This action produces a link you can distribute to others. When this link is accessed, the slideshow initiates on its own.

You have two available methods to autoplay your Google Slides presentation. Based on your requirements, opt for either method to enhance the appeal and engagement of your presentation.

How to Autoplay Videos in Google Slides

You can also autoplay videos on Google Slides. Let’s see how to do this:

Step 1:  Open the Slide that Contains the Video

First, open the slide that contains the video you want to autoplay. Then left-click on the video to open the drop-down menu. Press “Format Options” from the drop-down list. 

Step 2:  Check the Autoplay Box

Once the “Format Options” menu pops up, locate and select the “Play (on click)” checkbox. Then, choose “Play (automatically)” from the “Video playback” options.

This activates the autoplay function for your video. Consequently, each time the slide is accessed, the video will commence playback on its own.


In summary, there are two methods to autoplay your Google Slides. Regardless of your choice, ensure your presentation is fully loaded and prepared before pressing play – a loading screen during your pitch is a definite no-no!