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Update: In its recent update, Instagram has removed Auto-Play option from the list of options.

Ever since Facebook took over Instagram, there's been something going on. I feel like Facebook's trying to milk the cow but let's pin that for some other day. For the moment, you know that Instagram added a video feature where users can share videos on Instagram.

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You can either capture videos directly or you can stitch photos together to make a video collection. Extra features like filters and camera-shake compensation make it a tad different from the already-popular service, Vine. While Vine limits the whole thing to six seconds, Instagram offers 15 seconds.

But for those of us who aren't impressed, one thing rubs it real bad: videos start playing automatically. This is kind of bad because if you're on a limited data plan, you don't want that to happen. If you use Instagram a lot, especially the browsing kind, you're going to be annoyed with this feature.

How to Disable Auto-Play for Instagram Videos

Good news is you can turn this off. And it's pretty simple. Here's how to turn off video auto-play in Instagram on iPhone:

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  • Open Instagram
  • Go to your profile by tapping on the bottom-right most icon.
  • Now tap on the settings icon (the cog wheel) on top-right.
  • You see the ‘Auto-play Videos' option? Turn that thing off.
  • That's it.

Once you do this, videos on Instagram won't play automatically and you should save – hopefully – quite a bit on data.

As to those who're looking to download Instagram videos, right now it ain't technically feasible or easy even otherwise. We're working on finding out a clear solution that's simple and quick. Make sure you're subscribed to us so you get to know it when we figure out a solution.

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You might want to check out our other Instagram posts: especially the one about saving Instagram photos to the camera roll.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.
  • 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 :-(