I got this question on my Facebook page yesterday,

Facebook question for you: I used to have to click on a video – actually CHOOSE to watch it – before it began to play. Now all of a sudden videos just START playing on their own. Is there a way to disable this feature??”

It’s likely that Facebook made autoplay the default is that it keeps users on site longer. The more minutes we’re there, the more advertising they can sell.

In case you were wondering as well, here’s how to turn off Facebook videos from auto playing in your feed:

  • Go to your drop down arrow upper left hand corner on desktop
  • Choose Settings from the list
  • Choose Videos
  • Toggle the selection On/Off

An update recently is that this set of instructions is only for desktop. You’ll need to follow this guide (it’s the link you can see in the screenshot below) in order to change your mobile settings to turn off Facebook videos.

Let me know in the comments if there are other questions I can answer for you! You can see my other Facebook blogs here.

turn off Facebook Videos screenshot

2 replies
  1. Ellen Skagerberg
    Ellen Skagerberg says:

    Wow, I didn’t even get as far as realizing “this is different and it sure annoys me,” but your post made me realize it, then hop over there to turn it OFF. 
    P.S. My drop-down arrow to find Settings was on the top right of the screen, however. 


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