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How To Stop Facebook Videos From Autoplaying In iOs, Android & Google Chrome


When you would be using Facebook all the time, you are likely to get disturbed by videos that may start automatically. This is actually annoying when you are working on something serious. It could either be uploading a photo gallery or posting a message. So, to help you out, we have listed down a step by step guide on how to stop facebook videos from autoplaying on different devices with different operating systems.

Stop Facebook Videos from Autoplaying on iPhone / iPad

Ever since Facebook has updated the app, the auto-play feature has changed its location in an iPhone. So, here are the steps you should follow when you are on an iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Open the Facebook app on the iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on ‘More’ (three horizontal lines located on the touchscreen) and scroll ahead to dive into ‘Settings’.


Step 3: Tap on ‘Account Settings’ from the popup menu comprising of ‘Account Settings, News Feed Preferences and Activity Log’.


Step 4: Select ‘Videos and Photos’ and tap on ‘Autoplay’ option.


Step 5: Swipe on Smart Autoplay to switch it off.


Step 6: Once you’re done, you can select any one the settings, ‘Use Cellular Data and Wi-Fi’,’Use Wi-Fi only’ or ‘Never Play Videos Automatically’.

NOTE: If you no longer desire to play videos, then you can select ‘Never Play Videos’ option.

Stop it While you are Surfing the Internet?

Step 1: Log into your Facebook account through your username and password.

Step 2: Click ‘Down Arrow’, followed by ‘Settings’.


Step 3: Under the navigation menu, click ‘Videos’ which is nothing but the last option.


Step 4: Under the ‘Auto-Play Videos’ section choose ‘Off’ from the dropdown menu.


Stop FB Autoplaying Videos on Android Smartphone

To stop videos from automatically playing on an Android phone, you should first open the Facebook app and follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Once you are directed to the Facebook timeline, tap ‘the three lines’ and navigate to ‘Help & Settings’. Later, click the ‘App Settings’ option.


Step 2: Scroll ahead to select ‘Videos Auto-Play’.


Step 3: Once the preference section pops up, select the suitable option for disabling auto play for videos.

Stop Facebook Video Autoplay in Google Chrome

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and type ‘chrome://chrome/settings/content’.

Step 2: From the pop up window, scroll down till you reach the ‘Plug-ins’ section.

Step 3: Change the option, ‘Run Automatically’ to ‘Click to Play’.


Step 4: Finally, click ‘Done’ and check videos on Facebook. You would observe that the videos would only play once you click on it.

So, folks hope this guide on how to stop facebook videos from autoplaying has helped you. If you like it, then share with your friends on social media.

Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.