How to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and more

It is likely that you have been caught by surprise videos that play automatically on Facebook, Twitter and other services; In fact, only through the internet in general. They start playing as soon as you load a page or (if they are implemented more maliciously) when you start to scroll through a page to get your attention.

Automatic video playback is a feature that, although it is nice to have when content related to your interests appears, can be quite annoying. Autoplay videos can also be harmful, exposing you to violent, offensive or unwanted content that you should not have to watch by default. Several browsers, such as Google Chrome and Firefox, now have integrated measures to slow down the automatic playback videos, but for the most part, turning them off is still a very manual process.

Whether you just want to end the automatic playback videos On social media platforms, or we are looking for a more complete solution, we have some tips. Keep in mind that you should adjust these settings for each device you use, since your preferences on, for example, your phone are not automatically inserted into your PC.


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How to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook

If you are using Facebook on your browser, you can turn off autoplay videos by navigating through the Settings menu that is found inside the drop-down menu at the top right of the page. Search the list of videos in the menu on the left. Within that option there is a switch where you can disable the automatic playback videos.

Facebook has similar options available for its iOS and Android applications, but it's much harder to find than in a browser.

If you use an iPhone or iPad

  • Click on the menu button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Once you are there, touch "Settings and privacy", then "Settings".
  • From there, scroll down until you find "Media and contacts," then touch "Videos and photos."
  • Finally, once you find "Autoplay," you can turn off the function.

If you use an Android phone or tablet

  • Click the menu button in the upper right part of the screen.
  • Once you're there, scroll down and touch "Settings and privacy," then "Settings."
  • From there, scroll down until you find "Media and contacts".
  • Finally, once you find "Autoplay," you can set it to "Never play videos automatically."

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How to deactivate the automatic playback videos on Twitter

The steps to deactivate the automatic playback videos in your browser differ if you have opted for the new design.

If you have opted for the new design

  • Click on the name of your profile and it will be nested "Settings and privacy" in the menu.
  • Once you have entered the configuration menu, look for "Data usage" in the side panel.
  • Click on the "Automatic video playback" setting. Then, you can turn off the automatic playback of videos in your feed.

If you have not opted for the updated version

  • Click on the name of your profile, and "Settings and privacy" will be nested within the menu.
  • Once you have entered the configuration menu, look for "Account" in the side panel.
  • Under the heading "Content", you can deactivate "Automatic video playback".

iOS and Android applications

The process involves a similar number of steps in iOS and Android applications.

  • Click on the profile picture at the top of your phone's screen.
  • Select "Settings and privacy" in the menu.
  • Navigate to "Data usage". In the "Video" section, set the option "Automatic video playback" to "never".

How to turn off autoplay videos on Instagram

The Instagram app does not allow for autoplay videos to be disabled, so you'll have to walk carefully here. Videos do not play automatically if you use Instagram in your browser, but since almost all users of the service use it on mobile devices, there is currently no way to avoid it.


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How to turn off autoplay videos on Reddit

Reddit, like most sites that host videos, plays videos automatically. However, it is quite easy to turn it off.

If you use the newest design

  • Click on your username in the upper right corner and select "User Settings" in the menu.
  • Select "Font settings". Within the list that is presented, turn off the "Automatic media playback" switch.

If you still use the legacy version of Reddit

  • Click on "Preferences" next to your username in the upper right part of the window.
  • Under "Media," search for "Automatic playback of Reddit videos on the desktop comment page." Uncheck the box.
  • You must press "save options" at the bottom of the screen to pass the changes.

In the mobile application, touch the icon next to the search bar, then press "Settings". Once here, you'll see "Autoplay" near the top of the page, and you can choose to turn it off easily.


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How to disable autoplay videos in Chrome or Firefox

If you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, recent updates have allowed (or will soon allow) you to disable Automatic playback of videos, although there are some caveats.

For Chrome users, make sure you have less version 66 (version 73 is the last stable version at the time of publication). There is no switch to ensure that videos are not played automatically, but that Google must remember your preferences based on your activity, as well as that of other site visitors. It is by no means a perfect solution to the problem, but that is how it works today, according to this article by Tom Warren:

If you have just started using Chrome and have no browsing history, the browser will automatically play videos in more than 1,000 popular sites where visitors usually play sound in videos. "As you browse the web, that list changes as Chrome learns and enables autoplay on sites where you play media with sound during most of your visits, and deactivates it in places where it does not," explains John Pallett, manager of Google products. "When teaching Chrome, you may have to click on" play "from time to time, but in general, the new policy blocks approximately half of unwanted automatic views, so you'll have fewer surprises and less noise when you get there. to a website. "

Chrome may not have a switch that disables all autoplay videos, but you can manually turn off sound, images, and other settings based on the site to achieve something close enough.

  • Click on the padlock next to the web address bar, then click on "Site Settings" in the drop-down menu.
  • Once you're here, you can adjust each setting to "Block." If you are specifically targeting autoplay videos, disabling Javascript is the way to do it, but be careful, it will probably break many other sites. Functionality in the process.

As of March 19, 2019, Mozilla Firefox will publicly release its update (version 66) that silences the automatic playback videos. Compared to Chrome's approach, Firefox is taking a tougher stance on autoplay videos by silencing them all, unless, as Chaim Gartenberg wrote, "a user explicitly allows it. Users can also allow sites to play automatically, which will allow sites like YouTube (where most people tend to want the video they selected to play automatically when they load) to continue to function normally. "

Unfortunately , this means You may still see something you wish you had not seen in Firefox, but it is a step in the right direction towards the total elimination of autoplay videos.

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