You've probably been watching yourself on Facebook, Twitter, and other services; in fact, just across the internet in general. They begin playing as soon as they start to scroll through a page to catch your attention.
Automatic video play is a feature that, while nice to have when it's surfacing content that's related to your interests, can be pretty annoying. Autoplay videos can be harmful, too, exposing you to violent, offensive, or otherwise unwanted content that you should not have by default. Several browsers, like Google Chrome and Firefox, now have built-in measures to curb autoplay videos.
Whether you just want to put an end to autoplay videos on social media platforms, or are looking for a more comprehensive fix, we've got some tips.
How to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook
If you're using Facebook on your browser, you can turn off autoplay videos by navigating to the drop-down menu at the top right of the page. Look for the video listing on the left-hand menu.
Facebook has similar options available for it's iOS and Android apps, but it's harder to find it than on a browser.
If you are using iPhone or iPad
- Click the menu button on the bottom of your screen.
- Once you're there, tap "Settings & Privacy," then "Settings."
- From there, scroll down until you find "Media and Contacts," then tap "Videos and Photos."
- Finally , once you find "autoplay," you can turn off the feature.
If you use an Android phone or tablet
- Click the menu button at the top right of your screen.
- Once you're there, scroll down and tap "Settings & Privacy," then "Settings."
- From there, scroll down until you find "Media and Contacts."
- Finally, once you find " Autoplay, "Never Autoplay Videos."
How to turn off autoplay videos on Twitter
you've opted for the newer design.
If you opt for the new design
- Click on your profile name, and "Settings and privacy" will be nested within the menu.
- Click on the "Video autoplay" setting.
- Click on the "Video autoplay" setting.
Click on your profile name, and "Settings and privacy" wants to be nested within the menu.
iOS and Android apps
The process involves a similar amount of steps on the iOS and Android apps.
- Select "Settings and privacy" in the menu.
- Navigate to "Data usage." Under the "Video" section, set the "Video autoplay" option to "never."
How to turn off autoplay videos on Instagram
The Instagram app does not allow for autoplay videos to be turned off, so you'll have to tread carefully here. Videos do not autoplay if you use Instagram on your browser, but since almost all of the service's users are using it on mobile devices, there's currently no way around it.
How to turn off autoplay videos on Reddit
Reddit, like most sites that host video, autoplays videos by default. However it's pretty easy to turn it off.
If you're using the newer design
- Click your username in the upper-right corner and select "User settings" in the menu.
- Select "Feed settings." Within the list that is presented, toggle off the "Autoplay media" switch.
If you're still using the legacy version of Reddit
- click "Preferences" next to your username in the top right of the window.
- Under "Media," look for "Autoplay Reddit videos on the desktop." Uncheck the box.
- On the mobile app, tap the icon next to the search bar, then hit "Settings." Once you're done, you'll need to hit "save options" on the bottom of the screen
How to turn autoplay videos off on Chrome or Firefox
If you're using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, recent updates have allowed you to disable them, but there are some caveats.
For Chrome users, ensure that you have at least version 66 (version 73 is the latest stable release at the time of publication). There's no way to make sure the videos do not play out, but instead Google should remember your preferences based on your activity. Tom Warren:
If you've just started using Chrome and have no browsing history, the browser will want autoplay videos on more than 1,000 popular sites where visitors typically play sound on videos. "As you browse the web, that list changes as Chrome learns and enables autoplay on sites where you play media with sound during your visits, and disables it on sites where you do not," explains Google product manager John Pallett. "As you teach Chrome, you may find that you need to click 'play' now and then, but the new policy blocks about half of unwanted autoplays, so you will have fewer surprises and less unwanted noise when you first arrive at a website. "
Chrome may not turn off all autoplay videos, but you can manually turn off sound, images, and other settings on a per-site basis to achieve something that's close enough.
- Click the lock next to the web address bar, then hit "Site Settings" in the drop-down menu.
As of March 19th, 2019, Mozilla Firefox wants its updated version (version 66) that mutes autoplaying videos. Chaim Gartenberg wrote, "has been allowed by a user. Users therefore want to be able to make allowable sites for autoplay, allowing sites like YouTube.
Unfortunately, this means Firefox, but it's a step in the right direction towards eliminating autoplay videos altogether.