Going over your data cap? Paying overages or getting throttled? Facebook could be to blame

Going over your data cap? Paying overages or getting throttled? Facebook could be to blame
If you're very careful about the amount of data you use on your mobile device each month, you might be wondering why lately you've been paying for going over your data cap, or have found your data speed throttled. It might not even be your fault. Scroll past the Facebook News Feed, and by default, videos will start playing. That starts the meter running, and before you know it, you've exceeded your monthly data allowance.

Recently, it was discovered that the Ice Bucket Challenge, designed to raise money to help fight ALS, has led to a ton of videos uploaded to Facebook. Many who were videod while getting drenched with ice cold water (as per the "rules" of the challenge), decided to upload the clips to Facebook.

But there is a solution. You can change the settings on your device to disable Auto-Play. Or, you can set your device to play these videos only when you have a Wi-Fi connection. On iOS? Go to Settings > Facebook > Settings > Auto-play > set to "Wi-Fi only" or "Off". If you're using an Android device, go to Settings > App Settings > General Settings > set Auto-play to "Wi-Fi only" or "Off".

Change your settings now, and you might be surprised how much data you'll save. After all, no one likes to get throttled.

source: Forbes

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18 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Conspiracy?

2. LiveFromMN

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Thankfully I have Tmobiles truely unlimited Simple Choice plan so I've never had this problem.

3. Sam4Note

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Notice how he didn't offer to help WP8 users.

7. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

WP8 is what it is... Neglected. And it'll stay that way until MS actually decides to invest in building their app economy. It's a beautiful OS being inappropriately handled.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Invest in their app economy? You do know MS doesnt build all the apps, just like google doesnt build all the apps. Right now MS and BB markets are fighting a ship where people will pump out an app for simple market share. Not because it is ios./android/wp. With windows new app economy you can build an app for 3 different OS's and retain up to 80-95% of the code. Most of the code that is 'different' is the gui code and that is just duh. And with the new updates even the GUI might be handled by the dev tool next.

17. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Blah blah blah. Do you work for Microsoft?

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

dont have that issue so im glad to be neglected just the same way i dont HAVE to download fb messenger

14. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Doesn't start automatically on WP (i don't think)

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

true that..

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

My mother who has had a 1 GB data plan through Consumer Cellular for months now all of a sudden got a notification that she exceeded her data allotment. I urgently bumped her up to the 2.5 GB data plan and come to find out all of a sudden her Facebook app had gobbled up 800 MB this month. She'd never been over 100 MB used in a month before.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

YouTube videos can also be a culprit in users exceeding their data allowances. Nothing like a bunch of FHD videos being downloaded over LTE to hammer your data plan.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

In that case, you are choosing to watch a video, while the facebook app loads and plays the first seconds ov every video in your feed just to give you a sort of fancy preview, even if you're not interested in those videos at all. And it's active by default… dumbest thing ever made.

11. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I got noticed by my cell operator that I consume over data on my daughter phone. And I why: Youtube excess on mobile data. Finally I was expelled by paying that because was first time but I was forced to move to next data contract otherwise I have to pay around 200 Euros. Nice for them.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

That's why I never play videos while not on WiFi

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hopefully I have 600mb every month from Vodafone without paying anything....

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My auto play is off, if I wanna watch it, I'll click it.

16. Dice_for_Death_

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'm especially glad I have removed the app from my device, and go browser-only whenever I need to take myself to FB.

18. Not_Amused321

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Luckily for tmobile unlimited. But I don't have any social media apps that would drain my data anyways. ..

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