How to Stop Facebook Autoplaying Video & Sound

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Earlier this year we told you that not only was Facebook continuing its plans to autoplay video on its mobile apps, but that this video would soon be coming with autoplaying sound too, with audio fading in and out as you scroll through the news feed. Now it seems the company has finished its trials and the annoyance will be coming your way any day now. Also see: 13 best Facebook tips and tricks.

Prevent videos autoplaying sound in Facebook app

The easiest way to prevent Facebook autoplaying video audio is to turn down the multimedia volume on your smartphone.

However, there is a way you can switch off autoplaying video audio once and for all. Note that you’ll find this setting only if the change has already rolled out to your device.

In iOS, tap the three lines icon and choose Settings, Account Settings, Sound. Turn off the option for ‘Videos in News Feed Start With Sound’.

On Android, tap the three lines icon, then scroll down to and select App Settings. Turn off the option for ‘Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.’

Read next: How to turn off Netflix autoplay

Prevent videos autoplaying in Facebook app 

It’s possible to prevent videos autoplaying full stop if you prefer.

In iOS, tap the three lines icon and choose Settings, Account Settings, Video & Photos, Auto-play. Select ‘Never Auto-play Videos’.

In Android, tap the three lines icon, then scroll down to and select App Settings. Tap Auto-play and select ‘Never Auto-play Videos’.

Alternatively you can opt to autoplay videos over Wi-Fi only, or on mobile and Wi-Fi connections. Keep an eye on your data usage if you opt for the latter. 

If you’re viewing Facebook on a desktop browser, also check out our advice on How to stop autoplaying ads, videos and media on web pages

Also see: How to switch off notifications in Facebook Messenger.

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