Facebook to Mobile Users: ‘Control When Videos Play Automatically’

By David Cohen 

ControlWhenVideosPlayAutomatically650Facebook is reminding users who access the social network via mobile devices that they have choices when it comes to auto-play videos.

Users are seeing messages atop their mobile News Feeds with the headline, “Control When Videos Play Automatically,” reading:

You can change your settings so that videos only play automatically when you’re using Wi-Fi. This will help to save your mobile data.

Clicking on the “Learn More” button directs users to a Help Center page headlined, “I see videos playing silently when I scroll through News Feed. How does this work with my data plan?

The page offers the following instructions:

You can adjust your auto-play settings to on, Wi-Fi only or off. If auto-play is on, the data used depends on the amount of time you spend watching a video. If you scroll past an auto-play video in News Feed, your phone will use less data than if you stop to watch it for a longer period of time. If auto-play is set to Wi-Fi only, no data will be used.

To adjust your auto-play settings:


  • Open the Facebook app.
  • Tap (the icon with three parallel bars).
  • Scroll down and tap app settings below help and settings.
  • Tap video auto-play.
  • Choose an option.


iPhone and iPad

  • Go to your phone’s or tablet’s iOS settings.
  • Scroll down and tap Facebook.
  • Tap settings.
  • Below video, tap auto-play.
  • Choose an option.


Readers: Have you seen similar messages when accessing Facebook via mobile devices?