Twitter: How to Stop Auto-Play Videos on Mobile

Users can prevent clips from playing automatically

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As users browse the Twitter mobile application, they may come across videos that will automatically begin playing. Users have the option to stop videos from automatically playing, if they’d prefer.

Our guide will show you how to stop videos from automatically playing in the Twitter mobile app.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Twitter app on iOS.

Step 1: Tap your profile picture in the top-left corner of the screen.


Screenshot of Twitter's home feed with a red arrow pointing at the user's profile picture in the top-left corner of the screen

Step 2: Tap “Settings and Support.”


Screenshot of Twitter's side menu with a red arrow pointing at "Settings and Support"

Step 3: Tap “Settings and privacy.”


Screenshot of Twitter's side menu with a red arrow pointing at "Settings and privacy"

Step 4: Tap “Accessibility, display, and languages.”


Screenshot of Twitter's "Settings" menu with a red arrow pointing at "Accessibility, display, and languages"

Step 5: Tap “Data usage.”


Screenshot of Twitter's "Accessibility, display, and languages" menu with a red arrow pointing at "Data usage"

Step 6: Tap “Video autoplay.”


Screenshot of Twitter's "Data usage" menu with a red arrow pointing at "Video autoplay"

Step 7: Tap “Only on Wi-Fi” or “Never,” depending on your preference. If you tap “Only on Wi-Fi,” the app will only automatically play videos when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you select “Never,” the app will prevent all videos from playing automatically.


Screenshot of Twitter's "Video autoplay" menu showing the three options users can choose from: "On cellular or Wi-Fi," "Only on Wi-Fi" and "Never." A red arrow points at the "Only on Wi-Fi" option.

This guide was first published in October 2017 and was updated in October 2022.