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iOS – Control Facebook Videos

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by | Filed Under: iOS

So, when I got my latest mobile bill, I was shocked that my wife and I came mere megabytes from going over on our data usage – close, but not over, thankfully. Only issue is, we’ve never even come close to going over before, so what’s changed in the in-between? Is it a game that’s gone rogue? An app that’s data-happy?

I investigated with little success…

Then, I heard through my network of informants that since Facebook decided to implement videos that play automatically, a lot of folks have been reporting higher than usual data-usage.  Makes sense to me – videos can be pretty hefty in size, after all – and luckily there’s a quick and easy fix for anyone out there that wants to control whether or not videos on their Facebook feed play automatically. 

So, tap this out:

Settings>Facebook, and then tap on Settings, which is at the very top, directly under the “Facebook is installed field”.

Under Video, click on Auto-play. You’ll see three options: On, Off, or Wi-fi only. Simply tap whichever you’d like and you’re good to go!




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5 Responses to “iOS – Control Facebook Videos”

  1. Elayne says:

    Not sure what kind of phone you are using….but nothing like this display is on my phone! At least not in the way you are displaying it.

    • audra says:

      Hi Elayne,

      Sounds like maybe you are using an Android phone, rather than an iOS phone. You can easily change this on Android by going to the Settings using the Menu button, scrolling down to App Settings, then Looking for Video Auto-Play. Look for an article with more in depth step by step directions in the next week or so.

  2. Beverly Williams says:

    Thanks, Andrew. You’ve just saved us all a ton of money!

  3. MarkJ says:

    Of course the other option is don’t download and use the FaceBook app and then your data usage will be even less and you will spend less time on FaceBook.

    You might also let folks know if there is a way to turn this annoying non-feature off on their regular FaceBook web page. As for me you have prompted me to go digging around in my FaceBok setting looking for it.


    • audra says:


      There is a way to do this. Go to your settings, look at the menu on the left, and look for the Videos setting at the bottom. Then you can turn Auto Play On and Off. Again, look for an article for more in depth instructions soon.

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