How to Turn Off Auto-play Facebook Videos on iPhone, iPad and Web

Updated Facebook app plays videos on your news feed automatically. Here is how to stop videos from auto-playing in Facebook app for iPhone or iPad.

Auto-play video can be annoying especially when you are doing something serious on your Facebook or any other social media. Agreed that your FB friends love to share good content, but not those long videos that run for more than 10 minutes.

Instagram users also had to undergo this trouble of disabling auto-play videos; thankfully, Instagram has removed this option in the subsequent updates.

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How to Disable Auto-play Facebook Videos on iPhone and iPad

Though Facebook had already provided this feature to disable auto-play videos on iPhone/iPad, the feature has changed its location after Facebook has updated its app. Earlier, users could disable this feature from the Settings app of iPhone or iPad. Now, there is some change in the method.

How to Disable Auto-play Facebook Videos on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Facebook app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on More menu (three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner) → Scroll down and tap on Settings.

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Tap on Settings in Facebook App on iPhone

A menu will swipe up with three options: Account Settings, News Feed Preferences and Activity Log.

Step #4. Tap on Account Settings.

Tap on Account Settings in Facebook iPhone App

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You will be landed on Settings screen.

Step #5. Tap on Videos and Photos.

Tap on Videos and Photos in Facebook iPhone App

Step #6. Tap on Autoplay option.

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Tap Auto-play in Facebook iPhone Settings

Step #7. Toggle Smart Autoplay option OFF.

Turn Off Smart Auto-play in Facebook iPhone App

Once you perform this action, you will be able to see three different options under CHOOSE YOUR OWN AUTOPLAY SETTING. These options are: Use Cellular Data and Wi-Fi, Use Wi-Fi Only, and Never Play Videos Automatically.

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Tap on Never Play Video Automatically in iPhone Facebook App

You can choose one of the three options to play the video; if you don’t want to burn your Cellular data, you can choose either Wi-Fi Only or Never Play Videos option.

Facebook has rolled out the same feature for web as well; lets take a look at how to turn off video Autoplay on Facebook on web. For web it’s quite simple compare to iPhone app.

How to Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook from Web

Step #1. Log into your Facebook Account on PC.

Step #2. Click on Down Arrow → Click on Settings.

Click on Settings in Facebook

Step #3. Click on Videos (last option in left navigation.)

Click on Videos in Facebook Settings

Step #4. Click  on Off in Auto play videos.

Turn Off Video Autoplay on Facebook

The logic behind auto-playing videos is not exactly clear but it’s clears a pathway for introducing auto-playing video ads on Facebook. I think the big blue company thinks that if you get used to auto-playing videos on your newsfeed today, you’ll not fret much when there are auto-playing video ads later. It’s a sort of psychological conditioning which works.

But the annoyance is quite pronounced when you have a lot of videos showing up on your news-feed. Some users have gone so far as to remove the app entirely just to get rid of the feature. You have a lot of alternatives that let you access your Facebook news-feed without the official app.

If you’re keen on looking for a permanent fix for this annoying feature, make sure you bookmark this post and follow us. We’ll post on any new feature or tweak that prevents Facebook videos from playing automatically.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. For some reason when I go and try to do thd I can’t tick the option not to play videoes, help it is chewing through all my data!!!!!

    • I’m having the same problem. A) the Smart Autoplay sliding button isn’t there, and B) I try to select “Use Wifi Only” or “Never Play Videos Automatically”, and the blue check mark never moves. The button will darken while my finger is selecting it, but the check mark never checks the selection I want. Using IOS 8.0.2 with iPhone 5S.

    • I’m also having this problem. A) The “Smart Autoplay” button isn’t even there (I’m using IOS Official Facebook app), and B) I try to select either “Use Wifi Only” or “Never Play Videos Automatically” and the blue check mark simply won’t move to either of those options.


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