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Disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook

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Disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook: As you have surely noticed, the developers of Facebook they often modify the functions of their social network with the aim of improving the user experience. It is certainly a commendable activity, but sometimes the changes made do not meet the public’s favor. In this regard, one of the functions that have generated the greatest number of controversies since the beginning is theautomatic start of videos, which automatically starts all the videos present in the main Facebook screen, without having to press the “Play” button.

How do you say? Are you also part of the circle of users who cannot bear the functionality in question and, therefore, would you like to understand if there is a way to disable it? I would say then that you have come to the right tutorial, at a time that could not have been better. With this guide of mine today, in fact, I want to explain to you how to disable automatic start of videos on Facebook.

Fortunately, this is a very simple operation to complete, so I would say not to get lost in chatter further and to take action immediately. I already anticipate that this is feasible both through the Facebook apps for mobile devices and through the Web version of the social network. That said, I wish you happy reading and I wish you the best of luck for everything.

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to explain how to disable automatic start of videos on Facebook, there is some preliminary information that it is my duty to provide you to allow you to have a perfectly clear idea on the matter.

First, keep in mind that, by default, the autoplay of videos happens in a silent, therefore with the volume at zero, so at least on this front it should not create annoyances (unless the social network settings have been previously changed).

On smartphones and tablets, however, autoplaying videos can result in a higher battery usage (however, when the remaining charge of the device used is low, the autoplay of the movies is automatically disabled) and a unwanted consumption of data traffic (scrolling past an autoplay video, however, uses less data than would be used by stopping to watch it for longer).

Taking into account what has just been stated, Facebook allows yes to totally deactivate automatic playback of movies, but also to decide to enable the function only when connected to the Wi-Fi network. By default, however, movies are played automatically with both Wi-Fi and data connections.

Once the autoplay is disabled, the only way to play a video on Facebook is to press on the relevant one Play button. Also note that this only applies to movies uploaded directly to the platform and not even those embedded from YouTube or other external sources.

Another thing I invite you to consider is that the setting related to the autoplay of the videos does not sync on all devices. This means that if you disable the automatic playback of videos on your smartphone, on your computer they will continue to start automatically and vice versa. If you want to completely disable autoplay, change the settings on all deivce from which you access Facebook.

Disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook from smartphones and tablets

At this point, I’d say we’re there: we can finally get to the heart of the guide and find out how to disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook. Let’s start by seeing how to proceed from smartphones and tablets, then from Android and from iOS / iPadOS. Find all the explanations you need right below.

From Android

Autoplay Facebook Android video

If you own a smartphone or tablet Android and you want to disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook, first take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and / or drawer and select theicon ofFacebook app. If necessary, also log into your Facebook account, filling in the fields on the screen with the required data.

Now that you see the home section of the app, tap the button with the three lines horizontally located at the top right, select the item Settings and privacy and then that Settings from the menu that appears.

After completing the steps above, select the wording Multimedia content and contacts that you find by scrolling down the new screen displayed, then touch the wording Automatic playback and put a check mark next to the option Never play videos automatically or next to that Only with Wi-Fi connections, depending on your needs and preferences.

If you deem it appropriate, you can also prevent the videos present in the Facebook home from starting with audio. To do this, go to the screen visible immediately after selecting the item Multimedia content in Facebook settings and bring up OFF the lever next to the item The videos in the News section start with audio.

Done! Now, go back to the Facebook home and scroll through all the latest posts from your friends and the pages you follow. If everything went well, the videos will not start automatically and can only be played by pressing on Play button placed above their preview image.

If you think about it, you can enable the automatic playback of videos on Facebook again, by going to the settings section of the app indicated above and, depending on what was previously set, selecting the option With mobile data and Wi-Fi connections or that Only with Wi-Fi connections. You can also turn on the option to start videos with audio again by flipping to ON the lever corresponding to the appropriate option.

From iOS / iPadOS

Facebook iPhone video autoplay

You are using a device iOS / iPadOS and, therefore, would you like to understand how to disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook in this case? I’ll settle you immediately. First, take your iPhone or iPad, unlock it, go to the home screen and select theicon ofFacebook app. If necessary, also log in to your account.

Now that you see the app screen with the Facebook home, tap the button Other located at the bottom right, then on the item Settings and privacy present at the bottom and then on the wording Settings.

In the new screen that is proposed to you at this point, select the wording Multimedia content that you find in correspondence with the section Preferences, then locate the section Automatic playback and select the option Never play videos automatically or that Only on Wi-Fi, according to your needs and preferences.

If you want to prevent the videos that may be automatically played start with audio, also bring up OFF the switch that you find next to the item Videos start with audio.

Once you have applied the desired settings, go back to the main Facebook screen and scroll the home page until you get to a video: if everything went well, the video will not start automatically, but will start only after pressing the Play button placed on its preview image.

If you think about it, you can enable the automatic playback of the videos again, by going to the Facebook settings section and, based on what was previously set, selecting the option On mobile data and Wi-Fi or that Only on Wi-Fi that you find in correspondence with the section Automatic playback. You can also re-enable the option to start videos with audio by bringing up ON the switch next to the appropriate wording.

Disable automatic start of Facebook videos from computer

Facebook computer video autoplay

If, on the other hand, you want to disable the automatic start of videos on Facebook by acting from computer, or rather from the Web version of the service, first start the browser you usually use to surf the Net from your PC (eg. Chrome) and connect to social network home page, then log into your account if necessary.

Now that you see the Facebook home, click on the button with the arrow located at the top right, select the item Settings and privacy from the menu that appears and then that Settings.

In the new screen that you now see, click on the wording Video present in the left sidebar, locate the item Automatic video playback on the right and select the option Deactivate from its drop-down menu.

Mission accomplished! Now, try to go back to the Facebook homepage, scroll through the posts on it and get to a video. If everything goes well, the video will only be reproduced in the form of a photo, with the Play button in the center to start playing it and it will not start automatically.

In case you have second thoughts, you can re-enable the function that allows you to automatically play on Facebook, by going to the social network settings and selecting the option Activate or that Default setting from the drop-down menu next to the item Automatic video playback.