How To Restrict Facebook Auto-Playing Videos To Wi-Fi Only [iOS Tips]

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Facebook’s main iOS app has just added a feature to automatically play videos–sans sound–when you swipe the video preview onto your screen.

If you have data caps, or just don’t want to waste your cellular bandwidth on videos you don’t want to see anyway, there’s a simple way to restrict the auto-play feature to only when you’re on a Wi-Fi network.

Sadly, there’s no way to just turn the feature off, though.

Tap into your Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and then swipe your way down to the Facebook settings icon. Tap through and you’ll see the Facebook logo and a Settings button. You’ll want to tap that Settings button.

Down underneath the Videos section, there are two options: Upload HD, which has to do with how your videos are sent to Facebook, and Auto-Play on WiFi only. Toggle the latter one to ON, and you’ll never have to see an automatically playing video on Facebook again.

At least until you go onto the main Facebook website, that is.

  • dcj001

    “Toggle the latter one to ON, and you’ll never have to see an automatically playing video on Facebook again.”

    … unless your iPhone is connected to a WiFi network.

  • romboutv

    I tried multiple times on my 4s and doesn’t work. On data network modus the vids still auto play when I look at the comments of a video

  • Bryan Young

    Yep… It stopped worlking for a while, but now it’s playing on cellular data again. About to delete the app.

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