Disable Video Autoplay Removed from iOS Instagram App

I didn’t think it was such a terrible idea when Instagram decided to start adding video to the mix in order to compete with Vine. That said, I hated that the 15-second video clips starting playing automatically by default, but at least I could dive into the settings to disable the video autoplay. That has now changed.

If you have Instagram on your iOS device, you’ll find that the latest update has removed the ability to disable automatic video playback. As you scroll through your feed, all of those Instavideos (or do you prefer Videograms) will automatically starting playing and there’s nothing you can do about it.

There are a couple of caveats. You can set it so that videos will only preload when you’re on Wi-Fi, so that should help with reducing your mobile data usage. You can also get the video clips to start playing muted, so at least you can turn off the sound by default. It should also be noted that this change has only been observed in the iOS version of the app so far, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the removal of the disable autoplay option on Android soon too.

Conveniently enough, Instagram is just about to start showing ads in its feeds. As Usman from iPhone in Canada points out, this move could have been done with ads in mind. What’s the point of paying for an ad if the customer won’t see it, right?

Via iPhone in Canada


UPDATE: It seems this “feature” has now been implemented in the Android version of the app too.

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