How To Turn Off Instagram Video Autoplay

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I love Instagram. It’s tied with Pinterest as my favorite social media site. It’s such a fun way to see what everyone is up to and you can “heart” photos you like, similar to Facebook’s thumbs up. While there may be the occasional photo of a spider or someone’s foot in a cast, people aren’t likely to heart these things therefore sharing cute, delicious, beautiful, and fun photos is much more popular, which is what makes it such a happy platform.

Instagram After hearing the news that Instagram added video I have to say that my first experience with it could have gone better. I was scrolling through my feed as usual when, what I thought was a picture, suddenly started blasting music so loud it made me jump. I realized it was a video and was intrigued, but the music was so abrasive I scrolled quickly past to escape it instead.

I wasn’t happy that videos autoplayed because you just never know what people are posting and what audio is going to be in the background. I like to keep my social media on the side of ‘safe for work.’

However, I wasn’t ready to give my beloved Instagram the boot just yet. I decided to check my settings to see if there was a way to turn off autoplay. I’m excited to share that there is and that it’s a quick fix.

Here’s the steps to turn off Instagram Video Autoplay:

Open up your Instagram account and click the bottom right corner to go to your profile. Then on your iPhone click the Gear Icon for your Settings (if you’re on Android hit the three dot button in the upper right).

Instagram Setting Icon iPhone Next scroll down to Preferences. Here you will find Auto-Play Videos. Slide the bar to Off.

Instagram Video Autoplay There you go! That’s it. Now you can view your Instagram feed as a stream of photos. When a video is available you can tap it to play if you are interested.

This makes me extremely happy and I think with autoplay turned off, the video option is a fun feature. Video length is 15 seconds which I enjoy more than Vine’s choppy 6 seconds. I like that I can pick and choose which videos I want to watch. Video will be an interesting addition to Instagram and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone starts using it.

What about you? Do you use Instagram? If so follow me at 2 Wired 2 Tired. Do you like that it now offers video?

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  1. Jessica Z says:

    I had no idea this was an option! Just switched auto-play to off! It was getting annoying when I would check my instagram at work and (surprise!) a loud video plays! Thannks!!!!

  2. Sonya Morris says:

    I have instagram, but oh my gosh does it confuse me!!

  3. rebecca shockley says:

    I haven’t used instagram at all, but it it very well liked by almost everyone it seems. I know my brothers will be happy about the video option, thanks for letting us know!!!

  4. I am so glad that Instagram had this feature. This was one of the first things that I looked for once the upgrade came to my phone. Lots of fun with the new features within the Instagram community.

  5. ellen beck says:

    Thats very helpful- I wish more would read this :)

  6. Nicole Herman says:

    Thank you! I didn’t know about that!

  7. Livivua Chandler says:

    oh…God thankyou! It can be so annoying!

  8. I use Instagram. I don’t like that it now uses videos. I think it slows it down. There are lots of other social media sites to show videos. Thanks for the info!

  9. This is cool! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Betty Baez says:

    the same thing has been happening to me i have to say very annoying thanks for the info!

  11. Maralea says:

    Thanks for the info!

  12. Kim Henrichs says:

    ahhhh thank you! This was driving me crazy.

  13. Sarah L says:

    Thanks for this info. Very helpful. I don’t like music blasting at me either.

  14. I think my sound is turned off on IG, because I haven’t heard a thing from any video!

  15. April Yedinak says:

    Thanks for the helpful info. Sometimes I feel so lost when it comes to technology.

  16. Christopher Sorel says:

    thank you was tired of the new autoplay

  17. Thank you for this tip! I was starting to get VERY annoyed with the auto-play on the videos.

  18. Jennifer Marie says:

    I haven’t used instragram yet, but I really want to learn more about it. It looks like a lot of fun.

  19. Olivia Rubin says:

    I don’t use instagram. I don’t care to make photos too public as I don’t know what will be placed where once it enters the Internet realm. I don’t understand why people post so many public photos and info about their family. I understand if one runs a blog and its part of it, but I just don’t get why people post “I’m at target” . Why? Also, I haven’t used instagram but do have an account.i don’t take photos that I publish and when I do, I don’t have the Patience to,figure out instagram

  20. Tammy S says:

    Oh my gosh I love this! Thank you! I have only been using Instagram for a few months and I am still trying to figure it out most of the time.

    Now if you could just teach me how to stop following someone, I would be set!

  21. Thanks for this great tip! I just updated mine last night and was getting really annoyed because the autoplay keeps crashing my app. It’s a pain to have to scroll way back through the list each time it did that. I’m going to turn it off and see if that helps the app to not crash so much, hopefully its that and not the actual update. Nothing worse than apps crashing all the time!

  22. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    thank you for the tip. ive had instagram for awhile now and while i love it there are a few things I would def change about it; this being one of them.

  23. I have never used instagram, and I don’t really get the allure of it.

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