How to turn off autoplay of Instagram videos?

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Whatever the reason, one of the most important contents of this social networks are the videos. But something that can be very annoying is browsing and they are played automatically.

What does this generate? In principle, if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network, you are consuming too much mobile data. Imagine that you enter the social network quite often and every time you do it you find some videos. Maybe your mobile data plan will be out of stock in a few days.



It is not something pleasant, since generally most of the videos found on Instagram may not interest us enough from spend data a look at them. So let's see how we can quickly deactivate them through the options that this social network offers us.

How to prevent Instagram videos from playing on their own

When we use Wi-Fi we cannot prevent the automatic playback of videos. Instagram doesn't have this feature. However, when we use mobile data, there is a way to prevent video playback, to do so you will need to follow these steps:

  • Open Instagram on your mobile device.
  • You will now need to log into your profile, by clicking on your avatar icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Then, click on the three horizontal stripes at the top right of the screen.
  • In this new menu you will have to go to the option » Settings «.
  • Here you have to access " Account «.
  • Find "Mobile data usage".
  • And finally, turn on data saving.

In this way, when we use mobile data, the videos will not be played, which means that they will not consume data from our tariff. Please note that this feature only works when we have mobile data. If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, videos will continue to play automatically.



Disable autoplay of videos on Instagram

Videos quickly became essential Instagram content. After all, millions of people upload videos about their daily activities every day. Obviously, whether you follow various content profiles or friends, it is normal to come across one or the other video from time to time.

The big problem in itself is not that yes play automatically but what can they consume when we have mobile data. If we are inattentive, in a short time we can run out of them thanks to videos because they can consume a lot.


By itself, any type of video you watch online consumes a lot of mobile data. Even if you like a video that was sent to you on WhatsApp.

For this reason, we recommend it when using other social networks and applications such as WhatsApp. The automatic reproductions and downloads of content they are very limited when you are with mobile data.

Especially if you use social networks too much or if you have a lot of WhatsApp groups, as they generally send a lot of media files that not only they consume too much mobile data when they are downloaded automatically but also storage space which, in the end, doesn't make sense because most of this content we don't even see.


In the case of social networks something similar happens, many contents that we see daily here do not interest us at all. So why reproduce it and waste data?

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