It seems like Facebook is constantly making changes to our Newsfeeds. Every once in a while they’ll make a change I actually like, but most of their changes end up irritating me in some way.
One of the changes I detest most is how videos now start playing automatically when they scroll into view on our Newsfeeds.
I wrote a post a while back that explains how to disable auto-playing videos in the Desktop version of Facebook, but several people have asked me recently how to disable them in the Facebook mobile app as well.
Simply follow the steps below to disable auto-playing videos in the Facebook app:
Note: The exact steps you’ll need to follow might vary just a bit depending on which version of the Facebook app you’re using. Therefore, I recommend that you use the steps below as a general guide…
1 – Tap the Menu icon (it looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop once another).
2 – Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.
3 – Tap Settings.
4 – Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts.
5 – Toggle the “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” setting to Off.
6 – Scroll down and tap Autoplay.
7 – Select Never Autoplay videos.
That’s all there is to it. From now on you’ll be able to browse your Facebook Newsfeed on your mobile device without having all those auto-playing videos distracting you.
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