What You Can and Cannot Do About Facebook AutoPlay Videos On iPhone

The holiday season has no doubt resulted in an influx of shared photos and videos on Facebook. While I enjoy the occasional video from friends and family, I prefer to have control over playback. In recent months, Facebook has started to employ auto-playback of videos within a news feed. As you scroll through your Facebook news feed, video playback is often an uninvited distraction. If you are on a data plan, the thought of extraneous video playback counting against your oh-so precious data allotment can be frustrating. There’s good news and no so good news for iPhone owners looking to disable Facebook autoplay videos.

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Disable Facebook AutoPlay Videos When Using Cellular Networks

If your concern is merely data, there is an option to turn-off autoplay videos when you are not using WiFi. To do so, navigate to the Facebook settings on your iPhone. These are not within the app, but rather within the Settings app. You can find it by tapping on Settings > Facebook > Settings.

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There are two options for video. If you toggle the switch for Auto-play on WiFi only, it will disable auto-playback of videos when you are on a cellular connection only. Given that most of use WiFi with regularity, admittedly this is a limited fix, but one constrained by the options offered by Facebook.

While some might argue the data usage is negligible, there’s no good argument for how auto-play videos can distract from a news feed. Facebook does update their iPhone app often, so there is a chance that with enough feedback from users, things could change. If you are unhappy with this feature, I’d recommend you provide your feedback to Facebook.

Personally, they should let you control auto-play on cellular and WiFi. I did see the reason to push auto-play videos on their users. What are your thoughts on the Facebook autoplay videos?

  • Iloveiphones

    I find it annoying! I hate the auto-play!

  • Vern

    People with a data plan will suffer. They just didn’t have to do it. I’ll just uninstall the app if I cant use the app the way I want. I suppose that’s what people will do to.

  • Tom

    The disable auto play in settings option except when on wifi doesn’t help me at all. I tether my iPad. Even if I’m using Bluetooth instead of wifi to tether to my phone the videos still autoplay. This is just super annoying. I’m going to go over my data on my phone this month and this is unacceptable to me. I’ll drop FB if they don’t resolve this.