By Richard Stokes

Facebook hammering data plan1Are you or a family member a regular user of Facebook on a mobile device?  Have you noticed lately that your data usage has increased on your cellular plan yet you don’t feel like you’re doing anything differently?  Perhaps you’ve even gone over your plan and have had to pay some additional charges due to increased data usage.

Facebook might be the culprit.

Today it’s increasingly common for companies like Facebook to make a change to their application.  Even if they’ve sent us some sort of updated Terms and Conditions Agreement (that I certainly never read) or some innocuous message loosely indicating the change, we really don’t have the time to pay attention to exactly what the change is.

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Well not too long ago, Facebook made some changes to the settings of their app whereby videos automatically play in the News Feed on your mobile device.

So, as you’re scrolling through and catching up on what your community of friends is up to, when one of them has either uploaded a personal video or shared a video from something interesting to them, whether you want to watch it or not, it’s going to auto play that video the moment you get to it.  This has massive implications on your data usage.

Here’s what you need to do to adjust that setting so it’s not hammering your cellular data usage.

For iPhone users:

1. Go to settings

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2. Scroll down and find the Facebook icon

3. Tap on Facebook Settings

4. Look for ‘AutoPlay’. If you haven’t gone through this exercise already, you will notice that it is set to ‘On’ by default.

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5. Tap the ‘Auto-play’ option and from there you can adjust the setting to either ‘Off’ or ‘Wi-Fi only’. I keep mine on Wi-Fi only.

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For Android users:

1. Launch the Facebook application first, tap the menu key and choose settings

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2. Select the box ‘Auto-play videos on Wi-Fi only’

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For other great tips on the mobile devices, check out some of our recent posts; iOS8 and Protecting your Smart Phone.


RS Head ShotRichard Stokes

With 16+ years working in the technology sector in a combination of outside sales and strategic consulting, Richard is committed to delivering the right solutions and services for clients and business partners. or 404.997.7652



Network 1 Consulting is a 16-year-oldIT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.



1 Comment

  1. Elena Lee on October 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    This was great! I’ve made my change on my phone. I wondered why I received an email reading that my data was at a “certain” amount – I though that was odd and out of the ordinary!

    Thank you!! You saved me $$$$$!

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