Are 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.
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
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.
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.
For Android users:
1. Launch the Facebook application first, tap the menu key and choose settings
2. Select the box ‘Auto-play videos on Wi-Fi only’