Categories
Design

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Tired of the bleeps and bloops constantly coming from the Facebook app? Us too.

For reasons that are unclear to anyone outside of Facebook, the iOS and Android apps make a ton of noise. There’s a sound when you refresh your feed, when someone starts typing or when you get a new alert. And frankly, the sounds are annoying.

Thankfully, you can disable the in-app sounds in a matter of seconds.

Disable on iOS

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically Enlarge Image

On an iOS device, tap on the button with three lines in the bottom right corner of the app. Next, scroll down and tap on the dropdown labeled Settings & Privacy then select Settings. Scroll through the list of Settings until you find the Sounds option and tap it. Finally, slide the switch next to In-App Sound to the Off position.

Disable on Android

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automaticallyScreenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

The process on an Android device is similar to iOS. Open Facebook and tap on the three-lined icon along the top of the screen. Scroll down until you find Settings & Privacy, select it, then tap on Settings. Next select Media and Contacts and then toggle Sounds in the app to the Off position.

Originally published on Feb. 13, 2015.
Update, Nov. 15, 2018: Added new screenshots and instructions.

Eric Ravenscraft
How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automaticallyEric Ravenscraft
Writer

Eric Ravenscraft has nearly a decade of writing experience in the technology industry. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, PCMag, The Daily Beast, Popular Science, Medium’s OneZero, Android Police, Geek and Sundry, and The Inventory. Prior to joining How-To Geek, Eric spent three years working at Lifehacker. Read more.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

In Facebook’s endless quest to make your life “better” (where better has a very subjective meaning), it has added a feature to its mobile app that will automatically play sound when a video starts. If you’d rather turn this annoying feature off, here’s how.

The Facebook app has notified users of this new feature with the following splash screen, helpfully pointing out that when videos start playing in the News Feed, the sound will be on.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

This is annoying, but it’s made even more confusing by the way Facebook handles sound in the News Feed. If you have this feature enabled, any time you scroll past a video, the audio will start playing immediately, whether you interact with a video or not. If you turn this feature off, then you have to tap the audio icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to start playing audio. Once you do that, though, it toggles the sound on for every video thereafter…until you switch it off in the settings again. Annoying, right?

Regardless, if you want to fight back against the tide of noisy Facebook videos, tap the menu icon in the top right corner of the Facebook app.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Scroll down and tap Settings, then choose App Settings.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automaticallyHow to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

At the top of the screen, disable the toggle that says “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.”

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

After this, you should be met with sweet silence from videos on your News Feed as you scroll past, unless you interact with a video. If sound does start playing, tap the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of the video, to make sure that Facebook really knows that you don’t want your videos to speak unless spoken to.

Remember, if you do turn on sound for a video, you’ll have to repeat the above steps to turn sound off again.

  • › Why Sublime Text Is Great For Writers, Not Just Programmers
  • › What Is a ULED TV, and How Is It Different?
  • › Why Professionals Will Actually Want a 2021 MacBook Pro
  • › How to Add Images to Questions in Google Forms
  • › How to Delete Your Photos on Facebook

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically Eric Ravenscraft
Eric Ravenscraft has nearly a decade of writing experience in the technology industry. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, PCMag, The Daily Beast, Popular Science, Medium’s OneZero, Android Police, Geek and Sundry, and The Inventory. Prior to joining How-To Geek, Eric spent three years working at Lifehacker.
Read Full Bio »
Jason Fitzpatrick
How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automaticallyJason Fitzpatrick
Editor at Large

Jason Fitzpatrick is the Editor in Chief of LifeSavvy, How-To Geek’s sister site focused life hacks, tips, and tricks. He has over a decade of experience in publishing and has authored thousands of articles at Review Geek, How-To Geek, and Lifehacker. Jason served as Lifehacker’s Weekend Editor before he joined How-To Geek. Read more.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

In yet another bid to get your attention while browsing Facebook on your mobile device, Facebook now has videos set to automatically play the audio in your news feed. Here’s how to turn that annoying new “feature” off.

Last year, Facebook rolled out a similar feature that automatically plays videos without you clicking on them. Thankfully, you can disable it, but now they’re back with another update that automatically plays videos with the volume on.

To turn off the new always-on volume feature, fire up the Facebook mobile app and click on the menu icon in the lower right corner. Although we’re using iOS for this tutorial, the menu options are roughly the same on both iOS and Android—on Android there are simply fewer menus between you and the setting you need to toggle.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Within the main menu, scroll down until you see “Settings” and select it. (Android users should tap “App Settings” where they will find the “Videos in News Feed” setting it will take iOS users a few more clicks to get to.)

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Select “Account Settings”. (Of course it would be under Account Settings instead of News Feed Preferences. Why would the preference you have for videos in your news feed be under News Feed Preferences, after all?)

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Select “Videos and Photos”.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Within the Videos and Photos menu, toggle the top entry, “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” off.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Now videos in your news feed will not start with the sound blaring and if you want to hear the sound you will either need to double tap on the video to zoom to the video (much like tapping on a photo for a closer look) or you need to tap the speaker icon in the lower right corner

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

From here on out, no more abrasive ads with sound blasting at you (unless, you know, turning the volume on and enjoying the ad experience is your thing).

  • › Why Sublime Text Is Great For Writers, Not Just Programmers
  • › What Is a ULED TV, and How Is It Different?
  • › Why Professionals Will Actually Want a 2021 MacBook Pro
  • › How to Add Images to Questions in Google Forms
  • › How to Delete Your Photos on Facebook

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically Jason Fitzpatrick
Jason Fitzpatrick is the Editor in Chief of LifeSavvy, How-To Geek’s sister site focused life hacks, tips, and tricks. He has over a decade of experience in publishing and has authored thousands of articles at Review Geek, How-To Geek, and Lifehacker. Jason served as Lifehacker’s Weekend Editor before he joined How-To Geek.
Read Full Bio »

Videos on Facebook are about to get a whole lot louder. Thanks to the Facebook app’s upcoming update, videos will start playing sound automatically as you scroll through your feed. Here’s how to disable it.

Previously, you could only hear video sound if you tapped on the video in your Facebook News Feed. Now, as long as your device isn’t on silent mode, sound will fade in and out as you scroll through all of those food videos. It might be a welcome addition to some, but for the rest of us, it’s a new annoyance to deal with if you don’t already have video auto-play disabled .

On Your iOS Device

For your iPhone and iPad devices, start by opening the Facebook app and logging in if you haven’t already. Then:

  1. Tap the three-lined hamburger button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Account Settings > Sounds
  3. Tap the toggle to off for “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound”

If you don’t see the option, the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet. Check back later.

On Your Android Device

For your Android devices, start by opening the Facebook app and logging in if you haven’t already. Then:

  1. Tap the three-lined hamburger button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap “App Settings”
  3. Tap the toggle to off for “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound”

If you don’t see the option, the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet. Check back later. Also, there are no ways to disable news feed sound on your desktop browser for now, so you’ll have to just disable videos from auto-playing entirely .

Facebook has announced the introduction of new features to its video platform yesterday, one of which includes “autoplay videos with sound turned on by default“. This means that the sound will fade in and out as you scroll through all the videos in news feed. However, if your phone is set to silent or vibrate mode then videos won’t play with sound. This new feature could be bothersome for users who like to frequently scroll through their Facebook timeline while in a meeting, lecture or in a quiet zone like hospital. Earlier, the company enabled auto-play for videos by default and now the videos will include sound too which might irk most of the users.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Thankfully, Facebook will not be forcing this sleazy move upon its users and will be providing an option to get rid of it. Those who dislike this feature and don’t want Facebook videos to play automatically with sound can disable it easily. Just follow the steps below:

Turn off automatic sound for videos in Facebook app:

For Android

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the hamburger icon.
  2. Scroll down and tap ‘App Settings’
  3. Turn off the toggle for “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound”

For iOS (iPhone/iPad)

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the hamburger icon.
  2. Scroll down and tap Settings > Account Settings > Sounds
  3. Turn off the toggle for “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound”

The update is currently being rolled out so you need to wait for the new setting to appear. Sadly, there is no way to disable videos sound in Facebook web interface yet but you can opt-out completely by turning off autoplay for videos. To do so, head over to Facebook “Video Settings” page and toggle the option to Off for “Auto-Play Videos”.

For some strange reason, most likely for their own benefit, Facebook has decided to make all videos automatically play with sound. As always, the newly added annoying change to video playback is enabled by default, for our convenience. Thankfully, for the time being, Facebook still include an option in the settings menu, allowing you to disable the feature.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Although Facebook has officially notified uses of the new change to video playback, a lot of users still have no idea the change can be reversed. The automatic sound playback option is very temperamental, for example, when you are scrolling past a video on your news feed the audio will automatically begin playing. Even if you haven’t tapped to start the video. The thing is, this doesn’t happen all the time, sometimes you can scroll past a video without it activating, other times you can scroll past the same video and it will activate and continue to play long after you have scrolled past it. At first, I thought this may have been limited to my Android device but I later found out that the same bug is also present on iOS versions of Facebook.

Adding automatic sound playback seems like quite a strange change to make to news feed videos, especially considering most other apps and programs generally start automatic playback of content muted or at a lower volume. If you are someone who likes to side with caution when viewing videos on Facebook, below you will find the steps you need to take to turn off automatic video playback with sound. You’ll also find out how to disable automatic video playback all together, which is even more satisfying.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

How to Disable Automatic Sound Playback on Facebook Videos.

To disable the feature, you will need to open the Facebook App on your phone or tablet, from the main window tap the 3 horizontal lines in the right-hand corner of the window. Next, scroll down the page until you see the Settings or App Settings, tapping either one of these options will bring you to the screen where you can disable automatic sound playback. Once you are inside the settings menu you will see the option to toggle: Videos in News Feed Start With Sound. Change the toggle to off and you are done.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Note: Not all regions currently have automatic sound playback enabled by default or an option to disable it. If you enter the settings menu and can’t see the option, it isn’t yet active in your area (yet). Alternatively, you can continue reading to find out how to change automatic video playback settings.

With the change made, from now on whenever you scroll past videos on your news feed, they will be completely silent until you interact with them. To enable sound for the video you want to watch, you will need to tap the speaker icon in the playback bar. The only downside to this is that Facebook will automatically re-enable sound for every video you scroll past in the future. Or until you tap the speaker icon again to mute the sound. (Hopefully, they reevaluate their decision because it’s quite annoying. Off by default should mean you tap the speaker each time if you want sound)

How to Change Automatic Video Playback Settings.

Whilst you’re are in the settings area, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and change the automatic playback options for videos entirely, not just the audio component. Tap on Autoplay to expand your choices. Here you have three options: On Mobile Data and WiFI connections, On WiFi Connections Only and Never Autoplay Videos. The best option to choose is Never Autoplay videos. Choosing this is the best way to stop videos playing sound automatically as you scroll past them on your news feed. It’s also a great way to save data usage.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

If you are trying to enable this feature from the web version, there currently isn’t an option to disable sound from within the settings menu. The best you can do is to Disable automatic playback of video content, to find this go to Settings, then Videos at the very bottom of the page. Inside the videos menu set Auto-Play Videos to Off.

In its never-ending drive to make your life “better” (where “better” is a very subjective term), Facebook has updated its mobile app to include a function that automatically plays a sound when a video begins. If you’d prefer to disable this obnoxious feature, follow these steps.

The Facebook app informed users of the new functionality with the following splash screen, which helpfully notes that when videos begin playing in the News Feed, the sound will be turned on.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

However, because of the way Facebook manages noise in the News Feed, this is made much more difficult to manage. If you have this feature enabled, each time you scroll past a video, the audio will begin playing immediately, regardless of whether or not you are connected to a video.

Alternatively, if you disable this feature, you must press the audio icon located in the bottom right corner of the screen in order to start playing audio. Afterwards, it will automatically turn on the audio for each subsequent video you watch until you turn it off in the settings once more. Annoying?

Regardless, if you want to fight back against the tide of noisy Facebook videos, tap the menu icon in the top right corner of the Facebook app.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Scroll down and tap Settings, then choose App Settings.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

At the top of the screen, disable the toggle that says “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.”

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Following that, you should be greeted with blissful quiet while you navigate through videos in your News Feed until you engage with a video. If the sound begins to play, press the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of the video to ensure that Facebook understands that you do not want your videos to talk unless they are addressed.

Remember, if you do turn on sound for a video, you’ll have to repeat the above steps to turn the sound off again.

Most browsers don’t make it easy, but you can block the interruptions

You don’t have to let autoplaying videos get in the way when you go to such sites as ESPN and Bloomberg on your computer.

With a few tweaks of your browser settings or the installation of a small piece of software known as a browser extension, you’ll be able to browse the web on a laptop without having to worry about these videos, which begin playing automatically when you land on a site. (You can also turn off autoplay just in Facebook.)

The videos can be particularly annoying when you have several tabs open and can’t tell where the sound is coming from.

Blocking these videos not only cuts down on the distraction but can also keep you from needlessly burning through cellular data. That’s handy if you’ve tethered your laptop to a smartphone at a café or have an internet service provider (ISP) with a monthly data cap.

And using a browser extension to block annoying autoplay videos has the added benefit of enhancing your overall online privacy. Those videos often come packaged with technology that can track your activity across the web for the benefit of advertisers.

“Searches about your health condition, your political engagement—you probably want to keep those secret,” and blocking autoplay videos can help, says Günes Acar, a research associate at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

Browser Settings

Chrome: Google recently released Chrome 66, a new version of the popular desktop web browser, which blocks by default autoplay video that contains sound. To stop video that does not contain sound, you can use a third-party extension. (See the Extensions section below.)

Firefox: Mozilla’s recently revamped Firefox web browser offers a straightforward way to prevent unwanted videos from playing automatically as you hop from site to site. It’s straightforward, but not something you’d stumble across by searching through pull-down menus.

First, you’ll need to access the browser’s advanced options by typing “about:config” (without the quotation marks) in the address bar and hitting Return. Next, search in the window for the “media.autoplay.enabled” setting and double-click it. This will disable most HTML5-based videos from playing on their own when you load a page.

This method won’t typically block videos in the older Adobe Flash format, but we’ll explain how to do so below.

Safari: If you use Apple’s Safari browser as your daily driver, you may be wondering to yourself, “What’s autoplay video?” That’s because in the newest versions of Safari (starting with version 11, released in 2017), most autoplaying videos are blocked. Score one for Apple.

If you don’t have the latest version of Safari—say, if you’re using a work-provided laptop that has an older version of macOS—it’s a bit trickier to pull off.

You’ll need to open the application called Terminal (which is found in your Utilities folder), then paste in the following text (without the quotation marks): “defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1”.

This scary-looking string merely allows you to access an additional settings menu inside Safari called Debug. The next time you go to a website that has autoplaying video, you have to select the new Debug menu option at the top of the screen and then scroll down to Media Flags and Disable Inline Video. Goodbye, autoplaying video!

Extensions

As mentioned above, there’s no built-in setting for Chrome that lets you turn off autoplay for videos, but you can do it by using a browser extension.

Regardless of which browser you use, extensions (also known as add-ons) are small pieces of software that add useful features. Some extensions, such as LastPass, help manage your passwords, while others, including the Evernote Web Clipper and OneNote Web Clipper, make it easier to archive snapshots of websites for later retrieval.

Some of the most popular extensions block ads from appearing on websites, with two, Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin, generally earning high reviews from users.

It just so happens that both Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin will block most autoplaying videos, including those based on the older Adobe Flash, right after you install them. No further configuration is needed.

Another extension, called NoScript, goes even further, and is able to scrub out entire sections of websites, including ads, videos, or blocks of text. The flip side of NoScript is that it’s generally more difficult to configure than either Adblock Plus or uBlock Origin, and can easily keep many websites from working for you if you accidentally configure it to block a vital script.

Facebook

With more than 2 billion active users, there’s a good chance that Facebook has an account for everyone reading this sentence. And while the company has recently announced changes to the News Feed that should limit the amount of video you see from brands and businesses, it still does allow autoplay videos. But Facebook also provides a setting that disables videos from playing automatically in your feed.

To use this setting, click the arrow icon on the top right-hand corner of your Facebook page and then click Settings. From here, select Videos on the left side of the window and change the Auto-Play Videos option from Default to Off.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information about a new version of Chrome that blocks autoplay video that contains sound.

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automaticallyHave you seen videos playing automatically on your Facebook & Instagram feeds?

Many people find this annoying — and that’s understandable.

Facebook did this so you would watch more videos on their sites.

And yes, as a business owner, you should definitely be posting more videos on Facebook & Instagram!

On Facebook, the sound on auto-play videos is muted until you click the video.

Autoplay on Instagram includes audio & video, which can be embarrassing when you’re sitting in a meeting or on the toilet.

Yeah. it’s time to stop the madness!

Sorry. couldn’t resist. 🙂

Anyway, would you like to shut off these pesky auto-play videos?! Here’s how:

Yes, Facebook Videos Autoplay. But It’s SO Easy to Turn Off

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

It’s really easy to stop videos from playing automatically on Facebook. Here’s how I did it from my desktop:

Click the dropdown arrow on the far right & choose “Settings”:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Choose “Videos” from the left sidebar:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

The next screen lets you choose to turn auto-play videos off or on:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

It’s that simple!

Shut off Auto-Play Videos on Your Mobile Device

It’s probably most annoying on your smartphone when Facebook videos autoplay. These videos will quickly consume all your data if you’re not careful.

Here’s how I shut down auto-play videos on my Android device:

Start by tapping the “Settings” icon on the right side (the 3 stacked bars, aka the hamburger).

Then choose “App Settings”:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Next choose the “Video Auto-Play” link:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

You’ll then see this pop-up:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Here’s where you turn auto-play videos off & on.

You can also have them play only on wi-fi, which helps preserve your data plan.

Auto-Play Videos on Instagram

Ok, so you know how to turn off auto-play on Facebook — but can you do it on Instagram?

Actually, you can’t. 🙁

But you CAN make the videos a bit less obnoxious. And here’s how:

Tap the Settings icon on the right side — the 3 dots:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

The next screen will show you a few options:

How to stop facebook videos from playing sound automatically

Here you can turn off the sound on auto-play vids. Remember — sound is activated by default.

If you turn it off, you can always turn it back on down the road.

You can also have videos play automatically only on wi-fi (to save data on your plan).

But there’s no way to completely shut off auto-play videos on Instagram, which is odd.

Will You Adjust Auto-Play Videos on Facebook & Instagram?

So now that you know how to do it, will you adjust the auto-play settings on your Instagram & Facebook news feed?

Personally, I let the videos play — but I shut off the sound on Instagram. 😉