How to stop videos playing automatically in Facebook

Facebook is a great place to share things you like – be it an opinion, photo, web link, funny story or videos.

By default film clips on your News Feed play automatically, and it can be frustrating – not to mention surprising – to be blasted by the sound of someone else’s child or cat doing something hilarious.

Video playback also uses data – which is fine if you are on a wi-fi network but less so if you are out and about and have limited data on your phone.

Here’s how to stop them playing automatically on a computer, Android or IOS device.




Log into Facebook and select the down arrow in the top right corner and scroll down to click Settings.


Scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand column and select Videos. You’ll see an option appear that says Auto-play Videos, click the arrow next to it and select Off.

Apple iPhone


Launch the Facebook app and tap the More icon on the bottom right – it looks like three horizontal lines on top of each other. Scroll down and tap Settings – Video.


Tap Auto-play and select Off, if you choose wi-fi only it will only play when you are connected to a wi-fi hotspot.



As with the iPhone above, within the Facebook app, tap the three lines at the bottom right, or the top right if you are using a tablet.

Look for App Settings – Video Auto-play and choose Off.


And finally….

If you have issues updating your smartphone, try logging in and out of Facebook.

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Facebook app by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, searching for Facebook and seeing if an update is available.

Facebook regularly updates its app and your device may well update it automatically. This means videos may default back to playing automatically in your News Feed. If this happens, repeat the above process.

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