Facebook app gets auto-play feature for News Feed videos, and there’s not much you can do about it

By , Dec 11, 2013

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Facebook updated its iOS client this afternoon, bringing the app to version 6.8. The update is a small one, but it does include one significant—and likely controversial—change: video clips will now play automatically in your News Feed.

Now, Facebook has been testing this feature since September, and I’ve had it for a while. And although the videos aren’t extremely annoying, I was hoping they’d make one change before the public launch: give us a way to turn them off…

Since these auto-playing videos started showing up in my News Feed a few months ago, I’ve been trying to find a way to turn them off. But to the best of my knowledge there isn’t one, and that hasn’t changed in the public release either.

Well that’s halfway true. There is one option we found in the Facebook Settings pane of the Settings app (Settings app > Facebook > Settings) that will disable the Auto-Play feature on cellular. Unfortunately, though, Wi-Fi users are stuck.

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The good news is that the videos don’t automatically play sound. They just play almost like a high resolution GIF as you scroll down your Facebook feed, and if you happen to tap on a video, it’ll open up in full screen mode with the audio.

It’ll be interesting to see how users respond to this, and if this is meant to lay the groundwork for those video ads we keep hearing about. At any rate, if you find yourself wanting to grab this update, you can find it in the App Store for free.

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  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Yeah I’ve also had this for awhile. But i don’t care about other peoples videos I wanna be able to see mine that I’ve posted in the past. But you can’t…:( not on mobile.

  • jack

    Stupid. No wonder ppl are abandoning their profiles and going to Whatsapp.

  • Matthew Cooper

    I hate it. I was getting it for a week or so now. Thought it was a glitch. Its very annoying and of course we are using data that we arent directly wanting to use.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      Just turn on the play videos on wifi only. Thats what I did, granted I have unlimited and never use wifi, so it basically just disables the feature for me.

  • J™

    nice…. another reason for me to quit facebook.

  • Eni

    I did the update but it doesent autoplay :) just sometheng very anoying, when i open the video, everytime i touch the screen it plays ore it stops,

  • james42519

    easy thing to do is don’t update. there is nothing that says you have to update stuff all the time. there is no reason for most app updates other then to jsut have one because if there are no updates people think there is something wrong with it for some reason.

  • Mustáfá Cán

    why they not putting reply future on comments ???