Having videos play automatically as you scroll through your Twitter timeline is cool unless the convenience comes at the expense of your mobile service bill. If you’re on a metered data plan, auto-playing videos can quickly eat into your data allowance and incur unwanted overage charges.
In this post, you will learn how to adjust your auto-play settings for videos, animated GIF images and Vine posts on Twitter, including turning off the feature entirely across Twitter’s mobile and desktop interfaces.
Twitter introduced video auto-play in the summer of 2015 and framed it as “a more streamlined consumption experience”. The company enabled this feature by default to increase engagement, but some users hated the move.
Thankfully, settings for video auto-play can be adjusted. Even better, you can choose video auto-play independently on twitter.com and Twitter’s mobile app. For instance, you can set videos to auto-play on your iPhone and not on the web.
If you don’t want videos to play automatically, as you encounter them on your timeline, follow the steps outlined below to adjust video auto-play settings across Twitter.
How to disable auto-play videos in mobile Twitter app
Step 1: Open Twitter’s mobile app on your iOS device.
Step 2: Tap on the Me tab at the bottom to land on your profile page.
Step 3: Now hit the gear icon and choose Settings in the menu.
Step 4: Tap on the Video autoplay option under the General heading.
Step 5: You can now select between three options: Use mobile data and Wi-Fi, Use Wi-Fi only and Never play videos automatically.
Step 6: Back out of this screen and tap Done to save your changes.
Choose Never play videos automatically to stop Twitter’s native videos, Vines and animated GIFs from auto-playing as you scroll through your timeline.
I like auto-playing videos, but when I’m connected to my carrier’s data network I use the Use Wi-Fi only option to ensure that videos are loaded only when I’m on a Wi-Fi connection.
How to disable auto-play videos on Twitter.com
Step 1: Point your browser to twitter.com and log in to the web interface with your account credentials.
Step 2: Click on your profile pic at the top of the page and choose Settings from a drop-down menu.
Step 3: Click Account in the lefthand column.
Step 4: In the righthand column, scroll down to the Video tweets section under the Content heading and uncheck the box for Video autoplay.
Step 5: Click Save changes. You may need to re-enter your Twitter password.
“Regardless of your video autoplay settings, videos, Vines and GIFs autoplay while you scroll through a Moment,” cautions Twitter.
If you want my advice, you should restrict video auto-play in the Twitter app to only when you are on a Wi-Fi network, while leaving the feature enabled for Twitter’s web interface on your computer.
As a reminder, Twitter currently supports MP4 and MOV video formats on mobile apps. On the web, they support MP4 with H264 encoding and AAC audio.
You can upload videos up to 512MB, but they cannot exceed 30 seconds in length. The maximum supported video resolution on Twitter is 1,920-by-1,200 pixels. The maximum allowed frame rate and bitrate is 40 FPS and 25 Mbps, respectively.
While we’re at it, we also have a tutorial explaining how you can stop videos from autoplaying in the Facebook app.
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