I have had a many of my friends asking me about why it is that they are getting warnings from their service providers about overusing their data plan. My first question is, “Do you have an iphone?” If yes, my next question is, “Do you use the Facebook App on your phone?” It seems the answer is always a resounding yes.
The latest Facebook App uses an autoplay feature for videos that are posted in your newsfeed. This kind of bandwidth usage is sure to kill anyone’s mobile phone plan if they use Facebook a lot. To complicate the matter, when you go into the settings of the Facebook app, it seems that you cannot turn this feature off. The feature is not controlled by settings reached through the app, but through the settings on your iPhone.
Follow the following instructions and you will be able to disable autoplay videos on Facebook app.
1. Go to the Settings Menu on your Home Screen.
2. Scroll Down and select “Facebook” on the list
3. Selecting “Settings”
4. Disable Autoplay Videos on Facebook App by selecting “Off”
Now that you have solved the issue for your own phone, please share this with your friends using the buttons so that they too can save on their data charges. I am not sure why Facebook did this, but for those without unlimited data plans, this could get rather expensive very quickly.