Facebook’s newly rolled out video auto-play, how to turn it off (sort of).

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Did you know?
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Chuck Talking Tech / by Chuck Bienenfeld

It appears that Facebook has been testing this new feature for a while now.  They have rolled it out on a limited basis this week as confirmed by The Wall Street Journal.  Facebook ads will auto-play in your news feed while the ad is on your screen.  The video will be muted until you click on the video.

As you can guess this will be a concern to anyone with a data plan that is not unlimited (which includes most of us).  As the saying goes, I have good news and bad news.  Well, first the good, there is a way to turn off the auto-play feature.  And the bad new, it only turns the feature off while you are on your data plan.  Whenever you are on wifi, the auto-play feature will be on.

To turn this off for iOS devices navigate to Setting > Facebook.

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In Facebook click on Settings.

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There you will find the “Auto-play videos on WiFi only” option.  Toggle the option.

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On Android devices, to to App Settings from within the Facebook app, then check the box next to “Auto-play videos on WiFi only”.


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