Facebook videos could eat up your monthly mobile data allowance

Facebook videos could eat up your monthly mobile data allowance
Facebook's new video capabilities on its mobile Facebook app is pretty cool in that it shows you videos posted by your friends. But if you're not connected to Wi-Fi when viewing the videos, it is going to eat you out of house, home, and data. Things could be worse. Right now, the mobile Facebook site isn't downloading video ads when you're connected to a cellular network.

Once you're connected to a Wi-Fi pipeline, video ads will download on your phone. According to Facebook, even if you're not on Wi-Fi when you actually view the ads, because they were downloaded while you are on Wi-Fi, they will not count against your monthly data usage. Eventually, Facebook plans on downloading the ads regardless of your connectivity.


If you're concerned that all the videos in your NewsFeed will use up your monthly data allowance, you can go into the app's settings and block the videos from appearing. Another option allows some video to automatically play over a Wi-Fi connection only. But hey, that is nothing new for our readers. A bit more than two weeks ago, we told you about changing the settings so that the videos would auto-play on Wi-Fi only.

source: TheGuardian

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10 Comments

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

No sh*t, I didn't know videos were that big in size! /sarcasm off

9. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Unlimited data here but, and it feels bass-akwards to say this, fortunately I'm using a BlackBerry and the FaceBook app is built by BlackBerry so we will probably never see this "feature" come on my platform. Now my Tab 3 with only 2GB/month on the other hand...

8. ojz0r

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Thankfully i have unlimited data, but eitherway im just using the regular site in firefox for android with adblock so im fine.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've got it set to play over wifi only.

6. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

youtube is screwed if Facebook videos take off

5. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I'm good. I still have the grandfathered unlimited data from Verizon.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is where Data Sense comes in..

3. YoRoY

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Wew - gadgetunlimited-zone.com

2. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

"block the videos from appearing" I don't see this option anywhere. how do you block videos from appearing in the app's settings?

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm good since I have unlimited LTE.

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