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Facebook Video: How To Disable Auto-Play

Use Facebook's newest setting to disable auto-play videos and ads on desktop, limit them to WiFi on iOS and Android.

Facebook introduced auto-playing videos and video ads back in December. The new format automatically plays silently on both desktop and mobile versions if you pause on them while browsing your News Feed, similar to how videos play on Facebook-owned Instagram. If you click or tap the video or video ad, it will play in full-screen mode with sound.

When Facebook first confirmed auto-play videos, it said there would be no opt-out setting. If you weren't interested in viewing a video, it suggested you just scroll past it. The good news: Facebook recently added a setting to disable auto-playing videos on the desktop version, and you can now limit auto-playing videos on your mobile device to only when it is connected to WiFi.

The bad news: While finding the setting is fairly simple, you must turn it off separately on each device you use. For example, if you opt out on the desktop version of Facebook, your preference won't carry over to your iPhone or Android tablet. You must visit your settings page on each device to turn it off.

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Facebook is betting big on mobile advertising, so it's no surprise that it omitted an opt-out setting on mobile. According to reports, the 15-second ads cost advertisers between $1 million and $2.5 million a day.

Here's how you can opt out of auto-playing videos on desktop, iOS, and Android.

Disable auto-play videos on desktop
To disable all auto-playing videos on Facebook's desktop version, navigate to your Settings page, and then click the Video tab on the left.

Click the dropdown menu next to the Auto-Play Videos option. Remember: If you want to change this setting for your mobile devices, you need to update those settings separately.

Disable auto-play videos on iOS
You can't disable auto-play videos or video ads entirely on your iPhone or iPad, but you can disable them when you're not connected to WiFi.

Navigate to your device's Settings app, tap to open up your Facebook options, and then tap Settings. Under Video, slide "Auto-play on Wi-Fi only" to on.

Disable auto-play videos on Android
As with iOS, you can't disable auto-play video entirely, but can limit it to when your device is connected to WiFi.

To start, open your Facebook app, and tap the menu button at the bottom of your phone. Then tap the Settings button. You'll see a screen labeled General Settings. Scroll and check the box next to "Auto-play videos on Wi-Fi only."

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User Rank: Apprentice
8/25/2014 | 1:41:34 PM
Video Autoplay Settings
I don't see the "Videos" options in Settings.  Mac/Safari.
NJ Mike
NJ Mike,
User Rank: Moderator
8/21/2014 | 8:48:16 AM
I hate autoplay
I was able to turn it off on my iPhone 4s - the options were On, Wi-fi only, and off.

I hated that "feature" as soon as I noticed it.  So annoying when I paused on a video, then I see it start to play.  Was this really an intended feature, or just a bug they decided to document?
User Rank: Apprentice
8/20/2014 | 10:25:03 AM
Turn Video Auto-play Off
i was able to turn it off completely on my Samsung S3.  From FB - Settings, Video Auto-play Off.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/22/2014 | 10:08:45 AM
macbook air

I have a new macbook air and I have chewn through 4gb of data in under 24 hrs.... I did all my updates in store so I suspect it is the facebook auto video play.

when i click on the triangle

then setting

after dashboard there is no listing for video so I cant turn it off?

I have reported it to facebook but I am sure they wont reply....any tips please I only get 8gb per monthon my pathertic plan which I cant change for 12 months!!!! Pleaseeeeeee!!!!
User Rank: Apprentice
7/11/2014 | 4:48:55 PM
Re: Some people have no way out!
I verified today, that my IOS device 5S - Can OPT OUT of auto video streaming completely.

Not just when it's not connected to WiFi :)

The key thing to remember is on your IOS device, you don't open up the Facebook App itself, and then try to disable the video stream. You have to do it outside of the facebook App via IOS settings app.

So you find your IOS settings - then scroll down to Facebook -
Then click the " Settings >" line. 
It will take you to the IOS facebook settings
Then click "Auto-Play" and then  you have the following 3 choices
"Wi-fi" only"


Hopefully this helps you.

Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
7/8/2014 | 11:24:04 AM
Re: Some people have no way out!
She should have it by now. What device is she using?
User Rank: Apprentice
7/6/2014 | 4:43:18 PM
Some people have no way out!
Is this still being rolled out to all users? My friend does not have a video tab option in her settings. She desperately wants a way out of auto-play!
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
4/28/2014 | 2:12:15 PM
Re: should work for cellular
You can enable it to play only on WiFi instead of both WiFi and cellular data.
User Rank: Ninja
4/21/2014 | 7:03:16 AM
Thanks didn't know this and hadn't had a chance to dig through the options yet. Good to see there's an option in there as would have been annoyed if my data had gotten chewed up by the auto-vids. 
User Rank: Apprentice
4/19/2014 | 4:01:35 PM
Re: should work for cellular
Auto play is sometimes bothering. This will help us to get relived.

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