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Disable Autoplay Video on Your iPhone and iPad

How to Disable Autoplay Videos in Your iOS Devices

Most of the social media apps and streaming services have a feature called Autoplay Videos. On some apps or websites, the autoplay feature is quite beneficial.

It's great when you can open Netflix and binge your favorite show without needing to change each episode manually. It automatically switches at the end of the episode. Or maybe your scrolling through an Instagram feed, and you can watch videos instantly without needing to start it yourself.

Disable Autoplay Video on Your iPhone and iPad

On the other hand, autoplay videos can irritate you as well as eat up a lot of mobile data.

Fortunately, you can turn off autoplay videos for all native Apple apps on your device as well as individual apps like Instagram, Facebook, Amazon Prime, Twitter, Youtube, or Facebook.

Although Instagram doesn't have the option to fully disable the autoplay feature, it will delay video process time, which will be enough for you to scroll by a video without it instantly playing.

Now you'll learn how to turn off the Autoplay Videos feature.

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Stop Autoplay Videos on iOS 13 and Later

Disabling autoplay videos on your iPhone and iPad will stop videos from paying on native apps, including Safari. You can turn off the feature in Accessibility settings.

To disable autoplay videos settings, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Then, go to "Accessibility".

Go to Accessibility

3. Tap on "Motion".

Go to Motion

4. Next to "Auto-Play Video Previews", move the slider to disable the feature.

Now videos will stop auto-playing in the native Apple apps like the App Store and others.

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Stop Autoplay Videos in iTunes and The App Store

If you don't want to turn off Autoplay Videos settings for all apps, you can control the App Store and iTunes autoplay settings separately.

To separately control iTunes and app Store autoplay settings, follow the steps below:

1. Go to "Settings".
2. Scroll down and tap on "iTunes & App Store" or "App Store".

Go to App Store

3. Then, tap on "Video Autoplay" and select "Off".

Tap on Video Autoplay

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Stop Autoplay Videos in The Photos App

If you don't want your videos auto-playing every time you scroll past them, you can disable the feature from settings.

To disable autoplay videos in the Photos app, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Scroll down, locate "Photos", and tap on it.

Go to Photos

3. Then, disable "Autoplay Videos and Live Photos".

Disable Autoplay in Photos

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Stop Autoplay Videos on Twitter

Twitter by default auto-plays videos. If you don't like that, you can turn off the autoplay settings.

To disable autoplay videos settings in Twitter, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Twitter app.
2. In the top left corner of the screen, tap on the three lines to open the Twitter menu.

Go to Twitter menu

3. At the bottom, tap on "Settings and privacy".

Go to Twitter Settings & Privacy

4. Then, tap on "Data usage".
5. Go to "Video autoplay" and select "Never".

tap on Video Autoplay in Twitter

If you select "Only on Wi-Fi", videos will autoplay only when you're connected to Wi-Fi. This feature is helpful if you want to keep Autoplay
Videos enabled but want to save your mobile data as well.

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Stop Autoplay Videos on Instagram

Unfortunately, you can't completely turn off autoplay videos on Instagram. You can only tone it down. This means you'll save more mobile data, but the video process will be much slower.

To partially disable autoplay videos settings in Instagram, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Instagram app.
2. At the bottom left corner, tap on your profile icon.

Go to your Instagram profile

3. Then, at the top right corner, tap on the three lines and tap on "Settings".

Tap on the three lines

4. Tap on "Account".

Go to Account

5. Tap on "Mobile data use" and turn on "Use Less Data".

Tap on Mobile Data Use

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Stop Autoplay Videos on YouTube

Youtube automatically starts to play the next video after your done watching your video. Sometimes it can be annoying. Thankfully, you can disable the settings.

To disable autoplay videos settings in Youtube, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Youtube app.
2. In the top right corner, tap on your profile icon.
3. Tap on "Settings".

Go to Youtube settings

4. Next to "Autoplay next video", drag the slider to disable the feature.

Disable Autoplay next video in Youtube

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Stop Autoplay Videos on Netflix

When you open Netflix, a preview of a show starts to play. There's an option to turn the autoplay off. Now, you can't disable the feature from your

To disable autoplay videos setting in Netflix, follow the steps below:

1. Go to netflix.com and log in to your account.
2. Go to your account, and at the top left corner of the screen, tap on your profile image.
3. Tap on "Account".

Go to Account in Netflix account

4. Scroll down to all accounts and expand yours. Then, next to "Playback settings" tap on "Change".

Tap on Change next to Playback settings

5. Uncheck the box next to "Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices" or/and "Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices".

Disable Netflix autoplay

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Stop Autoplay Videos on Facebook

When you scroll on your Facebook news feed, every video automatically starts to play. If you don't like the feature, you can disable it.

To disable autoplay videos settings in Facebook, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Facebook app.
2. At the bottom right corner, tap on the three lines to access the menu.

Tap on three lines in Facebook

3. At the bottom, tap on "Settings & Privacy".
4. Select "Settings".

Go to Settings

5. Then, under "Media and contacts", tap on "Videos and photos".
6. In the "Autoplay" section select "Never Autoplay Videos".

Select Never Autoplay Videos

Now the videos on Facebook will stop playing automatically.

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Stop Autoplay Videos on Amazon Prime

You can also disable the autoplay feature on Amazon prime.

To disable autoplay videos settings in Amazon prime, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Amazon Prime app.
2. At the bottom right corner, tap on "My Stuff".
3. Then, at the top right corner, tap on the settings icon.

Go to Prime Videos app settings

4. Tap on "Auto Play" and turn off "Allow Auto Play on this device".

Go to Auto Play

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We hope the information in this article was helpful!

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