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

In a day, you check Facebook frequently. And when you are scrolling down the feeds on your iPhone, videos begin to play automatically. This can be irritating, embarrassing, data-consuming, and battery-draining. To get rid of all the four problems, you can turn off autoplay Facebook videos on your iPhone.

When you disable this feature, Facebook videos stop playing automatically. However, when you tap on any video, the sound might disturb others.

How to Stop Autoplay Videos on Facebook from iPhone

Step #1. Launch the 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 → Tap on Videos and Photos under Media and contacts.

Tap on Settings then Photos and Videos in Facebook App on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Tap on Autoplay option.

Tap on Autoplay in Facebook App Video and Photos Settings on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. You will be able to see three different options under CHOOSE WHEN VIDEOS AUTOPLAY. These options are:

  • On Cellular/Mobile Data and Wi-Fi Connections
  • On Wi-Fi Connections Only
  • Never Autoplay Videos

Stop Autoplay Video in Facebook on iPhone and iPad

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 the web as well; let’s take a look at how to turn off Video Autoplay on Facebook on the web. For the 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 the 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 clearing 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
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


    • 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.

    • 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.


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