Quick tip on how to disable autoplay of videos on Facebook and conserve your data allowance

video play button

Image source: Pixabay

You may have noticed videos within Facebook posts, automatically playing in your news feed.  Watching videos (and streaming music) tend to use quite a bit of data, so you may want to consider your options. You can adjust the Facebook app’s auto-play settings from On to Wi-Fi only or Off.


To adjust this setting on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open the Facebook app
  • Tap Facebook more button
  • Scroll down and tap Settings
  • Tap Videos > Autoplay
  • Choose an option: Off or Wi-Fi only

Facebook video settings

It would seem that for Android phones the options are on or Wi-Fi only.

I have selected to turn autoplay off. Choosing Wi-Fi only would still seem to be the better option for Android users if you regularly use your mobile phone to access Facebook and to ensure Facebook use is not eating up your data allowance.

To give you an idea of how quickly your data allowance can be used watching videos, take a look at the useful guide from O2. Whilst data allowance may differ dependent on the provider and package you have signed up for, it is useful to be mindful that watching video uses far more data than sending an email.

O2 data allowance

Image source: http://www.o2.co.uk/tariffs/mobileinternetdata-popup

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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