Facebook for iOS update brings video auto play to the app

Facebook for iOS update brings video auto play to the app
Facebook for iOS received an update that will now allow videos to automatically play on your News Feed once you scroll by them on your screen. The update brings Facebook for iOS to version 6.8. The automatic video playing cannot be turned off, but you can make some adjustments. One good piece of news is that while the video will play no matter what, by default the video is mute. So if you don't feel like being disturbed as you flick through your Facebook News Feed, you won't hear a thing, unless you want to.

And you are going to want to embrace the ability to mute the volume considering that not only are uploaded videos playing automatically on the screen, but so are advertisements. Hey, Facebook needs to monetize, you know.

Look, we're willing to let you in on a little back door secret. Facebook would just feel awful if it forced you to use your precious data to watch a video, or even worse, an advertisement. So you can actually disable the auto play video on a cellular network so that it will work only when you're connected to a Wi-Fi pipeline.

While the auto play feature is only on the iOS version of Facebook, it is expected to come to other platforms as well.


source: Facebook via TUAW, SlashGear

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4 Comments

4. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

NOOOOOO.... PLLLLEEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSSEEEEEE.... NOOOOOO.... REMOVE THIS AUTOPLAY FEATURE!!!! IT IS ANNOYING TO SEEING ALL MOVIE/ADS MOVIE PLAYING TOGETHER AT ONCE, EVEN ON THE WIFI ONLY. NOOOOOO.... (it sounds is like the sound in Plants vs Zombie).

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Heck. I have been seeing videos being auto-played... on my desktop!!! That's a huge WTH!

2. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Hasn't this update been available for a while now? I don't really enjoy the update because when you start the video then it'll start off from where it loaded until, forcing you to rewind to the beginning. Also, it's a bit annoying now that when you press the screen anywhere other than near the load bar then it'll automatically pause.

1. marions

Posts: 13; Member since: May 19, 2012

Glad it works and maybe IOS users will enjoy FB autoplay eating up their data. The option for autoplay on wifi only on android Galaxy S4 does not work as advertised. Uninstalled this pos app from my phone. To hell with them. It's only a matter of time till advertisements will spring before your eyes all playing automatically.

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