How to stop videos playing automatically in Facebook

More and more videos are appearing in Facebook timelines, but they do have a habit of playing automatically - here’s how to stop them.

Facebook is a great place to share things you like – be it an opinion, photo, web link, funny story or video. And with more than two billion users around the world, plenty of information is being shared, especially videos.

Facebook recently launched a Watch service in the US, which focusses on video. Increasingly, the site is pushing video as a way to make people spend more time on the social network.

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By default, videos in your News Feed play automatically. It can be frustrating – not to mention surprising – to be blasted by the sound of someone else’s child or cat doing something hilarious.

Video playback also uses data – which is fine if you are on a wi-fi network, but less so if you are out and about and have limited data on your phone. In fact, it could end up costing you a pretty penny.

Here’s how to stop videos playing automatically on a computer or Android device.

On a computer

How to stop video playing automatically in Facebook

Log into Facebook and select the down arrow in the top right corner. Scroll down to click Settings.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand column and select Videos. You’ll see an option appear that says Auto-play Videos. Click the arrow next to it and select Off.

On Android phones

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Within the Facebook app, tap the three lines at the bottom right, or the top right if you are using a tablet.

Look for App Settings > Video Auto-play and choose Off.

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And finally....

If you have issues updating your smartphone, try logging in and out of Facebook.

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Facebook app from the Google Play Store. Chances are, an update is available.

Facebook regularly updates its app and your device may well update it automatically. This means videos may default back to playing automatically in your News Feed. If this happens, you'll have to repeat the above process we're afraid.

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