July 11, 2014, 12:35 PM — Facebook's auto-playing videos might seem harmless enough--until an obscene or inappropriate video starts playing and your eyes can't unsee it. There's a setting to disable videos from playing automatically, and, for conserving mobile data, making the videos auto play only over Wi-Fi.
On your computer, go to the padlock icon in the top navigation menu then Settings.Then, all the way at the bottom of the left menu, click Videos and toggle the auto-play setting to Off.
On iOS, go to the Settings app, then scroll down to tap Facebook, then Settings. Find the auto-play option to set it to Off or Wi-Fi only.
Finally, on Android, open the Facebook app, then go to the setting screen (the three-lines icon at the far right) and tap Video Auto-play to disable it.
That's it! Videos will now only play if you choose to play them.
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