If you hadn’t heard, Auto-play
ads videos in the Facebook mobile app (and desktop) are on their way.
Good? Bad? Annoying? All three? Yeah, maybe. But look, here’s the bad news: on mobile, you can’t actually switch them off. What you can do however is prevent them from playing over your mobile network. In other words, make the videos only download over Wi-Fi only, and ostensibly opt-out of letting them auto-play on your handset.
Here’s how that works.
- On iOS
Go to Settings -> Facebook -> Facebook Settings -> ‘Auto-Play videos on WiFi only’
- On Android
Go to Facebook -> swipe right to the options pane -> App Settings -> ‘Auto-play videos on WiFi only’
The benefits of this are two fold:
- If you’re hardly ever connected to wi-fi, you can pretty much ‘opt out’ of this auto-play media completely.
- If you’re not on any kind of unlimited data plan with your network provider, this will prevent Facebook eating into that precious data.
Hat tip to he who spotted this, Charles Arthur.
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