Turn Off Automatic Video Playing in Instagram & Save Cell Data Bandwidth

Jun 21, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Instagram, the popular photo sharing app for iOS, recently added video support that allows users to post filtered videos to their picture collections. Browsing through an Instagram feed now results in quite a few videos that auto-play by default, an aspect which can be pretty obnoxious if you want to keep quiet. Perhaps worse than the auto-play audio though is that it also will consume a fair amount of bandwidth over time, especially if you follow a lot of people posting videos and you’re on a 3G or LTE connection. The reason is pretty simple, video, even short ones, are much larger to download than a simple static photo. In turn, you can save some data bandwidth on your iPhone (or Android) by turning off automatic video playing in the Instagram app:

  • Choose your profile page on Instagram, then tap the Gear icon to access Preferences
  • Instagram settings

  • Scroll down and flip the switch next to “Auto-Play Videos” so that it’s set to OFF

Turn off Auto Play Video in Instagram

This doesn’t disable Instagram videos, it just makes it so you have to tap directly on them for them to start to download and play.

Even if you love the Instagram video feature, unless you have a generous cellular data plan with significant bandwidth, you’ll probably want to turn off the auto-play ability to preserve some of that preciously overpriced cell plan.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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