How To Disable AutoPlay Video on Facebook

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From Autoplaying

Recently, Facebook has given autoplay capabilities to all of the Facebook hosted videos in your newsfeed. 

While this is not yet being used for ads, which are coming soon, it does however create an annoyance that some people would rather skip. 

Fortunately, it’s really easy to get these videos to behave again, using a simple browser add-on that we’ve discussed many times before!

Use FBPurity To Disable AutoPlay Video on Facebook

I’ve relied on FBPurity to give me control of my settings for more than 3 years and absolutely adore it.  It’s available for desktop versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari at this time. It’s the best way to fix Facebook!

In another post, I cover the basics of installing it and how it works. Find that at, introduction to FBPurity

Once you have it installed, go into the FBPurity settings, under “Video Stories” and check “Disable Autoplay”. Click Save and you’re done! 

FBPurity Settings

Check “Disable Autoplay”

It’s as simple as that!

When the video crosses through your stream, the little playhead in the center will spin for a second and then stop… and there will be no playing. 

This is just one of the many powerful things you can do with FBPurity so be sure to check it out! 

What do you think about the autoplay/preview video feature on Facebook? 

~ Kim ~
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22 Comments on "How To Disable AutoPlay Video on Facebook"

1 year 3 months ago


Thanks for letting us know such a wonderful feature about Facebook. Really, these autoplay features are very annoying, especially when concentrating on a specific work and suddenly someone you hear a voice on your speaker. :)

1 year 3 months ago

Great tutorial! Useful info. to have. I had noticed that a lot of facebook videos started playing automatically as I scrolled past recently. Is that something new?

1 year 3 months ago

Thank you so much for giving us a way to turn off Facebook autoplay, Kim. I always have a lot of tabs open and it is a real nuisance when more than one video starts playing at once. It is one of my pet hates especially if I have the volume turned up after watching a video with faint sound.

1 year 3 months ago

Hi Kim,

I’m already using FBPurity, but wasn’t aware that it could help to disable autoplay videos. BTW in my FB account autoplay is not activated but you already mentioned the solution.

1 year 3 months ago

That app will be handy all the time, not just for FaceBook videos – we shouldn’t be forced to listen to videos which are on auto-play. Thanks Kim.