Story Maps normally require user interaction; the viewer must click or scroll to advance to the next section, entry, or tour point. But many Story Maps support autoplay mode, where the story advances automatically, and loops when finished.
Autoplay mode is ideal when you want to use a story map in a public kiosk, such as in a visitor center or museum exhibit. It’s also useful if you are displaying live data and want to cycle through maps to show the latest information, such as in a command center or emergency operations center.
The following Story Maps support autoplay:
- Story Map Journal
- Story Map Tour
- Story Map Series
- Story Map Shortlist
- Story Map Cascade
- Story Map Swipe & Spyglass (when a series is defined)
To autoplay any of the Story Map apps listed above, simply add &autoplay to the Story Map URL. For example, this URL opens the story map without autoplay:
This URL opens the story map in autoplay mode:
If the Story Map includes a Share link, you can also enable autoplay by clicking the share link
and checking the box.
Checking the box will add &autoplay to both the short link and the embed HTML.
When autoplay is enabled the autoplay control appears on the Story Map. Click to pause or play, or grab the slider to adjust the time interval.
When paused, you can interact with the Story Map normally, then click play to resume.
See Autoplay in the Story Maps FAQ for more information.
This post was originally published on March 1, 2016, and has been updated.