How to: Stop Videos from Automatically Playing in the Facebook App for Android


Facebook users with the official iOS or Android app: this one’s for you. Well, more specifically, this post is for Android users. iPhone peeps: we’ll have part 2 coming soon for you. [Link will be here]

If you’re tired of scrolling down through your News Feed and having videos automatically start playing, the good news is: there’s a fix. While it may not seem like much, especially if you don’t watch the full video, letting these play can slowly but surely eat up your data allowance for the month if you’re not on WiFi. It can also slow down loading of other posts.

In part 1 of this guide, I’ll show you how to disable auto-playing videos on Android. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ping me on Twitter.

Stop Facebook Video Autoplay on Android Devices

Step 1: Within the Facebook app, click on the hamburger menu on the far right (the same way you get to your profile) and scroll down to ‘App Settings.’


Step 2: Once you’re in the Settings menu, tap to select ‘Video Auto-play.’


Step 3: In this popup box, set the radio button to “Off.” If you’re okay with videos automatically playing, as long as they aren’t chewing through your data plan, you can select the middle “WiFi Only” option as well. Then press the back button on your phone a few times to exit. That’s it!



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