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.

Nic Healey

Nic Healey has over 20-years' experience talking about tech and gaming, whether that's in print, online or even on radio and in podcasts. When not working he spends to much time posting photos of his cat.

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    AmberNovember 16, 2018

    Considering how recently this was posted, I was hoping to find up to date information. My Android app settings menu hasn’t looked like that for months. Is there an actually up to date fix for this?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Amber,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      If you are on your Facebook Android App right now, please click on the upper right hand corner of the screen where the three lines are. Once there, go to “Settings and Privacy”. Click on “Data Saver”, this feature will assist you in using less data by removing the auto-play option of videos as well as reducing image sizes. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    November 14, 2018

    Hello John, Thank you for responding to my Nov. 12th post/question. I understand what you are directing me to do because I have done it before but my problem is my app has changed in the settings area and there is no path for videos in the settings menu. It has changed completely and I was checking if anyone had come across this new settings menu to fix my problem. I will attempt to check with Facebook and if I get an answer I will post it here. Thanks anyway. — PS-I attempted to use the reply button and using Chrome or Edge it did not work so I responded through this channel instead.

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for responding.

      Open up the Facebook app and go to the Menu, indicated by the three parallel horizontal lines. Click on “Settings and Privacy” then click on “Data Saver”. Turn this on to reduce image sizes as well as stop videos from playing automatically. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    MarkNovember 12, 2018

    I read this article and had already done this but my facebook ap has changed. It’s a subtle change I didn’t notice because it’s in the settings and I cannot find anything dealing with video playback. The settings menus have changed and appear more restrictive on what you can do. Can you help me because I hate video automatic playing.

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 13, 2018Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      If the article instructions did not work for you. Please follow the steps below:

      From the top right of Facebook, click and select Settings.
      Click Videos in the left menu.
      Click the dropdown menu next to Auto-Play Videos and select Off.

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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