I don’t know when it changed, but I just hate how on Facebook it now automatically plays videos that are in my news stream when they’re on screen. And given my friend’s senses of humor, it’s dangerous too because so much is NSFW. How do I disable this “feature” Dave?
First off, in case you haven’t seen the acronym before, NSFW = Not Suitable For Work, a fancy way of saying “dude, you do NOT want your boss walking by when you have this on screen!” Things NSFW are typically also NSFC (not suitable for children) either, if you’re thinking that working at home shields you from that office protocol issue.
To disable the video autoplay feature from your mobile device (tablet or smartphone) you’ll want to follow my earlier tutorial: How to quickly disable video autoplay on your mobile device.
Disabling it in the Web browser is easy too, and the fact that it’s so easy tells me that it is indeed a new addition to the zillion Facebook privacy, security and preference settings.
Start by clicking on the gear icon that’s on the top right of every Facebook screen:
Choose “Settings” near the bottom, then look on the left side of the resultant page of options. Near the bottom of the list of settings you’ll see this:
The choice you want is highlighted in the image: “Videos”.
Click on it, and there’s one lonely entry:
That’s the option. Choose “Off” instead of the default of “On” and you’ll be good to go, without those pesky videos automatically playing and driving you crazy!