How to Disable Autoplay for Facebook Videos (On Desktop and Mobile)

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We like to watch videos on Facebook or other portals in free time. But untimely playing is a horrible experience for any FB user. Naturally it’s beneficial for the social network’s ad clients as their videos are streaming automatically. On the other side, Facebook users have to pay huge data bill just because of the same feature.

Unfortunately the Menlopark company is not providing suitable options to opting out of the streaming. In the mean time, it added option to disable videos (under Settings – Videos), but it’s removed later.

Now Desktop users have to use Google Chrome or plugin extensions to stop auto play of videos in in your news feed.


  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Go to ‘Settings’
  3. Click on ‘Show advanced settings’ at the bottom
  4. Find ‘Privacy’
  5. Tap on ‘Content Settings’
  6. Choose ‘Click to Play’ under ‘Plugins’ sub menu


  1. Open Facebook on mobile or tablets
  2. Tap on ‘Settings’
  3. Under ‘General Settings’, you will see ‘Video auto play’ option. Click on that.
  4. A small dialog box will open with ‘On’, ‘WiFi only’, ‘Off’ options. Choose ‘Off’ to disable automatic streaming of videos.

If you are unable to see the option, confirm it you are using the latest version of Facebook app. If so, log out from the app. When you log back into Facebook, Video Auto-play should be visible in Settings. 

The above said method is applicable for devices on Android, iOS and Windows platforms.


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