Many of us are regular Facebook users, but did you know that an important default setting has been changed? Videos and advertisements now play automatically when you browse your Facebook news feed—which means you could be using your data faster than expected.
To avoid being stung by an unexpectedly high bill for data use, make sure you change the settings on your mobile device so the auto-play video function only operates on Wi-Fi.
For Apple devices
On iPhones and iPads:
- go to Settings > Facebook > Settings
- select ‘Auto-play on Wi-Fi only’.
For Android devices
On Android devices, including Samsung:
- open your Facebook app and go to the menu tab (far right)
- select ‘App settings’
- select ‘Video Auto-play’ > choose ‘Wi-Fi only’.
For fixed broadband users
If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, you may want to disable the auto-play function to reduce your data consumption:
- open Facebook on your computer
- click on the little triangle in the top right-hand-side of your page
- select Settings > Videos > Auto Play Videos (turn off).
Consumers should also be aware of auto-play in Vine, Instagram, media sites and other social media platforms.