Turn off autoplay videos in Facebook on your mobile

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Are you sick of videos on Facebook automatically playing at you when you're just trying to scroll through your feed? You can stop them in their tracks; here's how.

Facebook has gone from being a great place to have your Nan publicly express disappointment with your life choices to a video-heavy social network where a staggering 500 million people watch over 100 million hours of Facebook video every day.

That's all well and good if you're choosing to watch these videos, but thanks to the autoplay function you'll often find yourself watching a quick burst of video when all you really want to do is catch up on the latest news from your friends.

It's not just a bit of a nuisance either. If you're on a mobile plan with a low data allowance, autoplay videos can waste a chunk of that data while you're filling in time on the daily commute. Finally, you'll have fewer advertising and dubious news stories blasted at you and that's never a bad thing.

You can give this annoying and expensive feature the flick pretty easily. Here's how to keep Facebook from autoplaying videos when you're on your mobile device.

Android

Open up the Facebook app and go to the Menu, indicated by the three parallel horizontal lines.

Scroll down a little and find App Settings, with the stylised cog as the icon.

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Tap that and you'll see an option for Autoplay. It's probably set to have videos start rolling on both mobile data and when you're connected to Wi-Fi.

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Pick the option you want, presumably "Never Autoplay Videos" and make sure the blue checkmark is ticked beside it.

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That's it – blow a kiss goodbye to autoplay vids on your Android phone.

Apple iOS

The process is quite similar if you're over on the Apple iOS platform.

Once again open the app and find the three lines to get into the menu.

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Go to Settings, then Account Settings.

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Open that and look for Videos and Photos.

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In there, find Autoplay and choose your desired option.

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With that done on either Android or iOS, you can rest assured that only the videos you choose to watch will be making their way into your eyeballs.

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