If you are like countless other users who are tired of autoplay videos on Facebook (and other websites), here is how to stop videos from automatically playing on Facebook and other sites, on your iPhone or Android phone, and in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and even Internet Explorer (IE).
How to Stop Videos from Autoplaying on Facebook (specifically)
As of the writing of this article, you are able to stop videos from autoplaying specifically on Facebook, however we also include instructions below for turning off video autoplay in your browser, which will take care of Facebook and other sites.
If you are on your computer, go to your Facebook page and from the menu dropdown (accessed by clicking the upside-down triangle) select “Settings”:
At the very bottom of the left-hand side, click on “Videos”:
Change the setting for “Auto-Play Videos” to “Off”:
Note that this is only for using Facebook on a computer, not for using the Facebook app on an iPhone or Android phone! So read on!
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How to Stop Facebook Videos from Autoplaying on Your iPhone
Go to your iPhone settings:
And go to the Facebook settings:
And tap ons “Settings”:
Scroll down to the Video section; depending on which version of iOS you have, you will either have the choice of “Auto-play on WiFi only”, or of choosing between Auto-play on WiFi only or turning it off completely.
How to Turn Off Facebook Video Autoplay on an Android Phone
Stopping Facebook videos from autoplaying on your Android phone is similar to doing it from your desktop.
Open the Facebook app on your phone, and in Facebook go to “Settings”. From there, you can change your video settings to either Autoplay on WiFi only, or to off.
How to Stop Video from Autoplaying in Firefox
Go to your address bar in Firefox and type “about:config”, and hit ‘return’:
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This will likely give you this pop-up warning:
Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!”.
This will take you to what may be a scary looking page (don’t worry):
In the search box, enter “plugins.click_to_play”:
Click (or double-click – we’ve had one work at times, and the other work at times) on the entry, which will toggle it from “false” (which equals “off”) to “true” (which equals “on”).
Now search for “autoplay” and do the same thing, only this time you want it set to “false” because the setting is for “media.autoplay.enabled”.
Some recommend, instead, installing the Firefox plugin / add-on called “Flash Block”.
How to Disable Video Autoplay on Facebook and Other Sites in Chrome
Disabling autoplay in Chrome is similar to doing it in Firefox.
In the browser address bar, type “chrome://chrome/settings/content”. Search for “click to play’ and disable it.
How to Disable Video Autoplay in Safari
To stop videos from autoplaying in Safari, download and install the Click to Plugin Safari extension from MacUpdate.com.
How to Stop Video from Autoplaying in Internet Explorer
To stop video autoplay in IE, go to Tools -> Safety, and then turn on ActiveX filtering.
And there you have it! No more (or at least a whole lot less) autoplay!
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