Prevent automatic video playback using your data and generally disrupt you by disabling it in the Android app. This is how you do it.
Showing videos come alive when you scroll through your feed on social media sites or when you click on a web page can be distracting and, in some cases, reveal that you don’t really pay attention to meetings or family gatherings.
There is no master control that can disable it in all applications that you may have on your Android device, but it is possible to stop these annoying episodes on certain applications, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We show you the settings you need to use if you want to silence auto-playing videos.
How to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook
Auto-rotate settings are not stored in a clear place (surprise, surprise), but this is a way to find it and turn it off.
Open the application then tap on the three lines in the upper right corner. From the drop-down menu, select Settings then scroll down to the bottom of the next page until you find Media and Contacts, then tap.
Again, all you need is to scroll down until you find the Auto Rotate option. Tap this and you will be presented with three options, but you only want the last one – Never autoplay a video – so choose it and you won’t see more videos appear in your feed.
How to turn off auto-play videos on the Instagram Android app
At the time of writing, there is no way to stop video playback automatically on Instagram, but one thing you can do is turn off the sound. To do this, just tap on one of the videos playing in your feed and it must be muted immediately. Fortunately, this setting applies to all videos, so there’s no need to repeat it. You have to want the sound back, just tap on any video again.
How to turn off automatic video playback in the YouTube application
YouTube isn’t too bad for auto-playing content, and it’s actually useful if you like listening to music.
But if you don’t want the video to start as soon as the previous one is finished, there are settings that can prevent it from happening.
Open the YouTube app and tap on your account profile picture in the upper right corner. Select Settings> Auto-play> Auto-play the next video and make sure that the last option is turned off.
How to turn off autoplay for Twitter videos
To stop playing videos automatically in the Twitter Android app, launch and tap your profile picture in the upper left corner. From the menu that appears select Settings & privacy> Data usage> Auto play video
Finally, select the Never option.
How to turn off automatic video playback in Chrome
Until recently it was possible to open the Chrome application then select Settings> Site settings> Media> Auto-rotate and turn off.
Google has removed this option in the latest version of Chrome, so the only alternative if playing videos automatically interferes with you is to switch to another browser that allows you more control over how you use the internet. You can look in the best Android browser to try several alternatives.