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Videos autoplaying in your social media feed can be annoying, costly, and sometimes you end up seeing things you just didn’t want to see. Luckily, it’s possible to disable autoplaying on the major social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Switching off autoplay in your browser will not affect usage in the mobile app. If your main concern is saving on your data costs, make sure that you following the instructions for your Android or iOS device.


To turn off video autoplay on Facebook in your browser, go to Settings > Video > Auto-Play Videos and select Off from the drop-down menu.

For iOS users, launch Facebook on your iPhone and tap More > Settings > Account Settings > Videos and Photos > Autoplay and select Never Autoplay Videos. (If your only concern with auto-playing videos is data usage, you can also select On Wi-Fi Connections Only.)


Android users tap the hamburger/menu icon > Autoplay > Never Autoplay Videos.


To turn off video autoplay on Twitter in your browser, go to Settings > Account and scroll down to Content. Under Video Tweets, make sure Video Autoplay is unchecked.

On your phone, go to Settings > Data > Video Autoplay and check Never play videos automatically.


With Instagram, you can only do this using the mobile app. Go to Settings (go to your profile page and on iOS tap the cog icon, or on Android tap the icon with three dots) > Cellular Data Use > Use Less Data.

What do you do to save on data usage on your phone? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments.

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  1. Phil N
    January 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You missed Google+ (the network you shared this on). In Settings there's a switch called "Conserve data usage". G+ already does not auto-play videos (why would you want that?) but with the switch on it will not auto-play GIFs and images will be lower quality until you tap them.

  2. Ak
    January 18, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Uninstall these apps and you'll save a lot more!