Why Should You Want to Turn Off Instagram Autoplay?
You may have noticed when scrolling through Instagram that it plays people’s videos automatically. However, even if you’re not trying to watch the video, it will still begin playing. This can actually use up a lot of your phone data or WiFi bandwidth, which costs you money! Mobile phone data is extremely expensive, especially in the US where it usually costs around $12 per GB of data. Watching about 1 hour of video uses up this data. If you’re constantly scrolling through Instagram and coming across videos that play on their own, Instagram can eat this up quickly. It is therefore a good idea to turn off Instagram autoplay off. So, here’s how to do it:
How to Turn Off Instagram Autoplay
The method is the same for iOS and Android and is extremely simple. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Open the Instagram app and go to your profile page
2. Tap the three lines at the top right and then ‘Settings’
3. Go to Account > Cellular Data Use
4. Turn on ‘Use Less Data’
So there you have it! You have now disabled Instagram autoplay. Some people don’t mind Instagram autoplaying videos, as it saves them time from having to manually press play on every video. However, other people will want to save data and therefore want to disable this feature. This is especially true if you live in the US, which has one of the most expensive mobile data rates in the world.
It’s not just your mobile data that gets affected though. If you’re living in a house with other people, they may find that their internet speed gets slowed down because you are using up so much bandwidth. Furthermore, if you’re using a public wifi, you may eventually get cut off due to your high usage.
Now that you’ve followed this guide, your Instagram app will be using less data. Better yet, as you have turned on the ‘Use Less Data’ feature, Instagram will be saving data in other areas too. For example, Instagram will not load photos until you have scrolled down to them and they are showing on your screen. Before, Instagram would load them anyway, which eats up a ton of data!