How to disable autoplay for videos and Live Photos in the Photos app

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When you’re browsing through your pictures in the Photos app, you might notice that Live Photos and videos automatically play. And while this can be convenient if you’re just reliving some memories, it can be distracting if you’re looking for something in particular.

Here, we’ll show you how to disable the autoplay feature for videos and Live Photos in the Photos app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Disable autoplay in Photos on iPhone and iPad

To turn off the autoplay feature on your iOS device, you’ll head to your Settings. So open the app and then follow these steps.

1) In your Settings, select Photos.

2) Scroll down a bit to the Photos Tab section.

3) Turn off the toggle for Auto-Play Videos and Live Photos.

Settings Photos Autoplay Toggle iPhone

Disable autoplay in Photos on Mac

On Mac, you’ll make this change in the Photos app itself. So open Photos and do the following to disable autoplay.

1) Click Photos > Preferences from the menu bar.

2) Select the General tab.

3) Next to Photos, uncheck the box for Autoplay Videos and Live Photos.

Preferences Photos Autoplay Checkbox Mac

Wrapping it up

Since the feature to autoplay videos and Live Photos in the Photos app is a simple toggle on iOS and checkbox on Mac, you can easily reenable it if you change your mind later.

What do you think of the autoplay feature in Photos? Is it something you like or do you plan to disable it? Let us know!

And for more, check out how to create folders in Photos on your devices or use Smart Albums in Photos on Mac.