Facebook's auto-play videos eating up all your data? Here's the fix!

Facebook's auto-play videos eating up all your data? Here's the fix!

The Facebook app for iPhone and iPad features an auto-play feature for videos that seems to be causing a lot of users some data usage grief. It seems to be mysteriously eating through loads of data for some folks. Luckily, there's an easy way to turn off auto-play with just a few taps. It's something we'd highly recommend doing if you don't have an unlimited data plan or live with restricted Wi-Fi. And as an added bonus, it may save you a bit of battery life too!

How to stop Facebook from automatically playing videos and eating your data

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Facebook.
  3. Tap on Settings at the top.
  4. Tap on Auto-play under the Video section.
  5. Tap on Off.

That's all there is to it! Facebook will no longer automatically start playing videos. Instead you'll have to tap on them in order for them to start playing, just like you used to have to! Give it a try and let us know if this helps decrease the amount of data Facebook consumes!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Facebook's auto-play videos eating up all your data? Here's the fix!

8 Comments

Thank you! I don't know why but I thought my only option on that was to set it to Wi-fi Only other than autoplay. To me, it's not the date it's just annoying. So glad to have that fixed.

Also Facebook free for years thankfully, but my wife was going through a gig of data while she slept!!! She just deleted the app and now goes to the website instead.

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