How to stop autoplaying videos on Facebook and save your phone’s data

How to stop autoplaying videos on Facebook and save your phone’s data
This tip could help you use less data. Mic/Getty Images
This tip could help you use less data. Mic/Getty Images

All those videos playing while you scroll your Facebook timeline are eating up your data — and you’re probably not even watching them. What a waste!

Facebook’s autoplay videos are annoying and unnecessary. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to stop them from playing on your smartphone.

Open your Facebook app, and hit the three little lines at the bottom-right corner.

Tap this to get to Settings
Tap this to get to Settings Alexis Kleinman/Facebook

Then go to settings.

Go to Settings here.
Go to Settings here. Alexis Kleinman/Facebook

From there, hit “account settings.”

Tap Account Settings
Tap Account Settings Alexis Kleinman/Facebook

To get to video settings, tap “videos and photos.”

Go to Videos and Photos.
Go to Videos and Photos. Alexis Kleinman/Facebook

You can change the autoplay settings here.

Here you’ll find the autoplay options.
Here you’ll find the autoplay options. Alexis Kleinman/Facebook

The final step is choosing “never autoplay videos.”

Choose “Never Autoplay Videos.”
Choose “Never Autoplay Videos.” Alexis Kleinman/Facebook

And that’s it! This should save you some data, battery life and peace of mind.

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