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How to Disable Auto-Playing Audio for Videos on Facebook

Saikat Basu 22-02-2017

Nothing is as irritating as sound you cannot control. Some content networks are sensitive and mute the video until you move your mouse over it. Facebook did too. Videos in your News Feed were silent till you tapped on it.


But the latest update to the Facebook app on your mobile does it differently: video sound will fade in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed.

It is for you to decide if the feature plays on your ears instead and gets to your nerves. There is a way to turn it off.

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When You Don’t Want Videos to Auto-Play Audio

There are reasons and occasions enough to disable the automatic sound playback. You can do it from the Settings.

To turn automatic sound for News Feed videos on or off:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu icon (the three horizontal bars).
  2. Scroll down the menu and go to Settings > Account Settings > Sounds.
  3. Tap the toggle switch to turn Videos in News Feed Start With Sound on or off.

The update is rolling out to all devices, so you should see it soon. The above process is same for both Android and iOS versions of the Facebook app.

Facebook Annoyance Solved

We can’t blame Facebook for pushing the feature. Automatic sound is one step less for social media buffs who spend a lot of time on the app. They will like the fade-in and fade effect of the sound. As Facebook explained it:

After testing sound in News Feed and hearing positive feedback, we’re slowly bringing it to more people. With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life.

The change to the how sound is played is just one of the updates. Vertical videos and a picture-in-picture view are two others you can spot as soon as the new Facebook update hits. You can even watch videos outside the app now. These are limited to the iOS and Android apps so far. On the desktop, there are many ways to change the way you browse on Facebook 15 Extensions to Transform Your Facebook Experience From finding out who unfriended you to keeping to removing those annoying boxes in the sidebar, here are the 15 best extensions for a better Facebook. Read More .

But what is your pet peeve and have you solved it? Do you like the automatic fade in and fade out on the videos?

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