Two weeks ago, Facebook introduced a new feature for its videos that lets them autoplay when users are scrolling. You may have noticed on your timeline (both on PC and mobile) that videos start playing automatically when you are scrolling.
This new feature was not received very well by most users as it is just annoying and eats up data especially for those accessing Facebook via mobile data. Personally I did not like the feature not because it ate up my data but because it was annoying and most of the times, I am not interested in that particular video that was playing.
I browse the internet mostly through Wi-Fi but from time to time I access it through my mobile data and this is where the problem is. If you have limited data bundles, you end up eating it all up and regretting why you opened up the Facebook App in the first place.
The default feature is to play the video automatically but fortunately, you can disable that. Below are the steps to follow.
Open the Facebook App
If you are using Facebook on its official App, you can disable this feature by going to Settings >> App Settings >> Videos Play Automatically >> Choose Off. You can also choose to have the videos play automatically when on Wi-Fi only which is better.
If you are using Facebook on PC or through a browser, the steps are almost the same. Click on Settings >> Videos >> And make sure the ‘Autoplay Videos’ feature is marked Off and you are all done. You can access the settings page by clicking the ‘privacy tab’ next to the ‘notifications tab’ on the upper right section.