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Here’s how to stop Facebook’s annoying autoplay ads from eating through your data cap

Facebook Auto-Play Video Data Usage

Facebook is coming up with more and more ways to annoy its mobile users, including forcing them to use its Facebook Messenger app instead of the mothership Facebook app to chat with friends. The world’s biggest social network has also annoyingly decided to automatically set its mobile app to play its autoplay video ads even if you’re on a mobile data network and not a Wi-Fi network. It goes without saying that this can be a problem for some users who have capped data plans, which is why we’re glad that iMore just posted some detailed instructions for how to stop this nuisance on your smartphone.

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iMore’s list of instructions was designed for iPhone users but we’ve confirmed that it’s basically the same procedure for Android phones as well and thankfully, the process is much simpler than canceling your Comcast service.

With the Android version of the app, we found that you just have to open up your Facebook app, find the App Settings page by clicking on the menu icon in the upper-right hand side of the app’s home screen, then scroll down until you see the Video Auto-play option in the General Settings list. Once in there, you just switch the Video Auto-play option from “On” to either “Wi-Fi only” or “Off,” which will make sure you don’t blow through your data cap thanks to videos you never intended to watch.

Be sure to read iMore’s instructions for iPhone users by clicking the source link below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.