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How to turn off auto play videos on Facebook

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One of the most annoying things on Facebook is auto playing videos on the News Feed. While this feature has now made its way to other social networking platforms and internet in general, Facebook was one among the first few popular social networking websites to get it.

So each time when you scroll down your News Feed on Facebook, you will see that any and every video that you come across will start playing in order to catch your attention.

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While most of us would not really mind to have auto-playing videos provided they are about topics that genuinely interest us. Otherwise, these videos can prove to be extremely annoying. And it’s not only a question of annoyance.

At times, content that is too violent, offensive and harmful in nature may also start auto-playing on your News Feed. Rather than something that interests you, it may be something that you wouldn’t see at all. While a number of browsers like Google Chrome claim to have built-in measures to curb auto play videos, mostly they have to be turned off manually.

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If you want this to stop, we are here with some tips for you. However, before we begin, we must point out that you would have to adjust the settings for each device that you use. This is because changes in settings that you make on app, do not start auto-reflecting on web. Here’s our guide on how you can turn off auto playing videos on Facebook:

How to turn off auto playing videos on web version of Facebook

  • Go to Settings menu in the drop down found at the top right of the page.
  • Click on Videos listing on the menu on the left-hand.
  • Here, you will spot a toggle from where you can turn off auto playing videos. Press on the toggle to turn the auto playing videos off.

Facebook for iPad or iPhone

  • Press on the menu button at the bottom of your screen.
  • Tap on ‘Settings and Privacy’ and then click on ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Media and Contacts’ and then select ‘Videos and Photos.’
  • Here, you will find the option of ‘Autoplay’. Turn it off to disable the feature.

Facebook for Android (smartphones and tablets)

  • Press on the menu button on the top right of the screen.
  • Now, scroll down and select the ‘Settings & Privacy’ option.
  • Then, click on ‘Settings’.
  • Now, scroll down to ‘Media and Contacts’.
  • Here, you will find the option of ‘Autoplay’, which can be set to ‘Never Autoplay Videos.’

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Avani Bagga
Avani Bagga
Avani has an immense love for reading, travelling and food, but not necessarily in the same order. Avani almost started pursuing law, but life had other (better) plans for her and she chose to be a writer instead (luckily!) She previously covered technology at Times Internet and wrote about smartphones, mobile apps and tech startups. When she’s not writing, you’ll be able to find her in book stores or catching up on her social life.
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