How to Turn off Autoplay on Facebook

Don't be caught off guard by videos playing automatically

Facebook on mobile device next to laptop

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You're scrolling through Facebook in a waiting room, at the library, or at work when someone's video post starts to play rather loudly. This could be highly embarrassing and possibly even troublesome. Learn how to turn off autoplay on Facebook so this never happens again.

When you disable Facebook video autoplay, you can still watch any videos you choose by selecting the Play icon on the screen. You can turn off autoplay on a computer or mobile device.

How to Stop Videos From Automatically Playing on Facebook

Change your video autoplay settings on Facebook from a browser on any computer.

Turning off Facebook Autoplay in a web browser will not affect the settings in the Facebook mobile app.

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.

  2. Select the down arrow in the upper-right corner, then select Settings.

    Settings in Facebook menu
  3. Select Videos at the bottom of the left pane.

    Videos tab on Facebook web
  4. Select the drop-down menu to the right of Auto-Play Videos, then select Off.

    Auto-Play Off in Facebook web settings

How to Turn off Autoplay on the Facebook App for Android

If you want to disable Facebook video autoplay on your Android device, you must do so from within the app. (See images below for iPhone; the process is fairly identical on all smartphones)

If your battery is low, autoplay is automatically turned off in the app.

  1. Open the Facebook app on your Android device.

  2. Tap the hamburger menu (☰) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.

  4. Tap Settings.

  5. Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts.

  6. Tap Autoplay.

  7. Tap Never Autoplay Videos.

    You can also choose On Wi-Fi Connections Only if you only want videos to autoplay when you are connected to a wireless network.

  8. Exit the settings.

How to Turn off Autoplay on the Facebook App for iPhone

If you want to disable Facebook video autoplay on your you must do so from within the app.

  1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap the hamburger menu (☰) in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.

  4. Tap Settings.

    Facebook mobile menu, Settings & Privacy, Settings
  5. Scroll down to Media and Contacts and tap Videos and Photos.

    If you don't see Videos and Photos in your iPhone's Facebook app settings, try updating the app.

  6. Tap Autoplay.

  7. Tap Never Autoplay Videos.

    Videos and Photos, Autoplay, Never Autoplay Videos Facebook mobile settings

    You can also choose On Wi-Fi Connections Only if you only want videos to autoplay when you are connected to a wireless network.

  8. Exit the app settings.

How to Turn off Autoplay on the Facebook Lite App

If you're using Facebook Lite, you can change the settings so videos don't autoplay when you're using mobile data.

  1. Open the Facebook Lite app.

  2. Tap the hamburger menu (☰) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.

  4. Scroll down to Media and Contacts and tap Autoplay Video.

  5. Tap Autoplay Videos on Wi-Fi. Now, videos will only autoplay when you're connected to a wireless network.