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How To Disable Autoplay Video on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

This post is about a quick guide showing how to disable autoplay video on your mobile device for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. You can check for how to disable autoplay videos on Facebook HERE.

Meanwhile, let us go on for that of the aforementioned social media services. Video has become a very important part of our web browsing and it’s no surprise that all the social networks are making sure you don’t miss out on any videos. While we appreciate the new video-centric features of social networks, we most certainly do not appreciate the auto playing videos.

The annoying practice has since been carried over to mobile apps. On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others, videos automatically play as you scroll through your feed. The developers behind these apps have a place in hell right next to their web developer cousins.

Why Do We Need Stop Autoplay Video?

Not only is it annoying, but it also consumes your mobile data for an activity you are often less interested in. And it is even worse if you are on a pricey data plan. Video autoplay can have a huge impact on your monthly data spend.

Also, autoplaying videos are an extra drain on your device’s battery. In other words, you run out of power faster.

In summary, the benefits of disabling video autoplay for the apps on your mobile phone or tablet include:

  1. You have less distractions
  2. You spend less on data
  3. It preserves your device’s battery charge

Here are quick instructions you can follow to disable autoplay videos on four of the world’s biggest social media apps, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.

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How To Disable Autoplay Video On Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

How To Disable Autoplay Video On Twitter

The Twitter app also offers two ways you can deal with auto-playing videos.

Go to Settings and privacy ->Data usage -> Data saver. You can enable it to stop videos from autoplaying and to load lower-quality images. Again, if you choose this, you are good.

However, if you want to exercise more control, you can scroll down that page to Video autoplay and pick from the following options:

  • Mobile data & Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi only
  • Never

That “Never” option sounds so good in the head; doesn’t it?

How To Disable Autoplay Video On YouTube

To disable videos from automatically playing on YouTube, tap Settings -> Autoplay. Toggle Autoplay next video off to keep the app from playing another video automatically when you are done with one you are watching. This is also great to keep yourself from descending down YouTube’s rabbit hole of watching video after video for hours.

Also, there are options for how you want videos to play when you are browsing the YouTube Home feed. Options include Always on, Wi-Fi only, and Off.

How To Disable Autoplay Video On Instagram

Instagram is a bit of stubborn when it comes to managing video auto-play. There is no option to disable it, but there is an option to use less data. Even that option has been buried deep so it isn’t exactly obvious.

Launch your Instagram app and open your Profile and tap on the Hamburger menu in the top right corner -> Gear icon at the bottom of the page -> Mobile data use. You can toggle the control there to use less data.

Conclusion: Enjoy Your Surfing On Those Services With Less Data

That is it. Now you can use those apps with fewer distractions from videos that auto-play, and also enjoy less data consumption and longer battery life.

Don’t forget to do that of Facebook too. Click HERE to learn that.

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Andre is a network engineer with a solid technical background and a proven record in building and troubleshooting computer systems, networking, website design and blogging with broad knowledge on call center operations and administration. Above all, a man with great desire in sharing his knowledge and views, cutting across technology, social and politics.

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