Facebook like most other social media companies believes in videos and especially live videos, but today’s update is going to be very annoying to some users. Previously, while Facebook videos are set to autoplay by default as you scroll past them, you at least had the solace of knowing that they were silent. It was only if you tapped a video that you heard the audio.
This apparently resulted in some desperate moves by advertisers to add subtitles to their ads, which cluttered the screen. There was no similar option for your average Facebook user to try something similar.
But with this new update videos will automatically play sound. And there’s no way to turn it off on the desktop version without disabling auto-play videos entirely. (Yes, it can be done in Settings.)
Now if you haven’t put your device on silent mode, your Facebook will have the audio fade in and out as you scroll over videos in your news feed. It thankfully, won’t play over top of other audio, if you’re listening to music elsewhere on your phone, but you still may want to disable it.
How to mute auto-playing Facebook videos on your iPhone/iPad
Open up your Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap the icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner to open up the menu. Then tap Settings, Account Settings and then Sounds. Then tap to turn off the toggle next to Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.
Keep in mind that if you don’t see the option to disable this feature, it’s because you don’t have access to the update yet.
How to mute auto-playing Facebook videos on your Android
Open up your Facebook app on your Android and tap the icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen. Then scroll down and tap App Settings. Then tap to turn off the toggle next to Videos in News Feed Start with Sound.
Again, if you don’t see the option to disable this feature, it’s because you don’t yet have access to update yet.