How to Turn Off Autoplay on Facebook and Instagram (2021)

In this post, you will learn how to disable autoplay on the Facebook desktop version (PC) and app (Android and iPhone).

You’ll also see the steps to turn off autoplay on Instagram. Let’s begin with the former.

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How to Turn Off Autoplay on Facebook

Note: The steps below not only disable autoplay of videos but also GIFs.

PC

Follow the steps below if you’re using a PC:

Log in to Facebook.

Click on the reverse triangle icon at the top right.

Hit Settings & privacy > Settings.

Click on “Videos” from the left sidebar.

There is a drop-down list next to “Auto-Play Videos” on the right.

Auto-Play Videos

Open it and then select “Off.”

Note: To turn on autoplay, select On from the drop-down list.

See: How to Turn Off In-App Sounds on Facebook App

How to Stop Videos from Automatically Playing on Facebook App (Android or iPhone)

Open the Facebook app.

Tap on the Menu (three horizontal lines) at the top (if you’re on Android) or bottom (if you’re on iPhone).

Hit Settings & Privacy > Settings > Media. You can find the latter between “Language and Region” and “Your Time on Facebook.”

You can now see these options in the Autoplay section:

  • On Mobile Data and Wi-Fi – Autoplay on mobile data and Wi-Fi connection.
  • On Wi-Fi Only – Autoplay on Wi-Fi connection only.
  • Never Autoplay Videos – Disable autoplay.

Choose “Never Autoplay Videos.”

Selected Never Autoplay Videos option

That’s it.

Notes:

  • To turn on Facebook autoplay, choose any of the above mentioned options (except the Never Autoplay Videos) as per your wish.
  • Autoplay will stop when your phone’s battery is low.

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How to Turn Off Autoplay on Instagram

The Instagram app does not provide an option to turn off autoplay completely.

You can use less cellular data with Instagram by following the steps listed below.

Remember that following these steps stop videos from loading in advance.

I am using Android and iPhone here. 

Here are the steps:

Open the Instagram app.

Hit your profile picture at the bottom right.

Tap the three horizontal lines at the top right.

Hit Settings > Account.

If you’re using an iPhone, follow these steps:

Select Data Usage.

Data Usage

Enable “Use Less Cellular Data.”

Selected Use Less Cellular Data

That’s it. From now on, all videos will be muted in Feed. But if you hit the video and unmute it, all the video will play with sound.

Follow these steps if you’re using Android:

Choose Cellular Data Use.

Cellular Data Use

Turn on the Data Saver.

Enabled Data Saver

That’s it. From now on, all videos will be muted in Feed. But if you hit the video and unmute it, all the video will play with sound.

You can save data by setting up Instagram to not show high resolution media. Here’s how:

Hit High Resolution Media. 

You can now see these options: Never, WiFi Only (the default one), Cellular + WiFi.

Select the former.

Selected Never

There you have it. 

Notes

  • For iPhone: To revert to the default setting, turn off “Use Less Cellular Data.”
  • For Android: To revert to the default setting, turn off the “Data Saver.”
  • Instagram’s web version does not automatically play videos by default. You can manually play the video by hitting it.

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