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While scrolling through the Instagram feed, the one thing that I really hate the most is auto-playing videos. Earlier the app allowed to completely disable video auto-play but now it, unfortunately, doesn't have this important feature anymore. To prevent those unwanted clips from ruining my experience, I use a smart trick. Want to know what that is? I simply enable “Use Less Data” prevent Instagram videos from pre-loading on my iPhone.

Agreed, it's not a perfect solution but it can offer some respite. Once you have configured the app to use less data, the videos will take longer to load. To be more precise, the videos will play only when you come across them while browsing through the news feed. Though not an ideal solution, it does put some break on clips from going hammer-and-tongs without any restriction.

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How to Disable Video Auto-Play in Instagram on iPhone

How to Stop Instagram Videos from Pre-Loading on iPhone

Step #1. Launch Instagram on your iOS device → Tap on your tiny profile pic at the bottom right corner.

Step #2. Now, you need to tap on the gear icon on the profile page.

Tap on Settings in Instagram on iPhone

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Step #3. Next, scroll down and tap on Mobile/Cellular Data Use.

Tap on Mobile Data in Instagram Settings on iPhone

Step #4. Finally, turn on the switch next to Use Less Data.

Turn On Use Less Data in Instagram on iPhone

Wrapping up

I wish Instagram brought back the ability to disable videos from auto-playing! What do you think of it? Toss up your views in the comments below.

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  • x.star

    new version doesnt have this option :'(

  • x.star

    new versian doesnt have this option :(

  • CDNPatriot

    The “Auto play videos” setting is no more, it is now “Cellular data use”. Even setting this to “use less data” does not stop Instagram from wasting my expensive data :-(