How To Turn Off Twitter Auto-Playing Videos? [in 2022]

Written by: Emily Anderson
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It can be quite annoying when a video or GIF plays on your Twitter timeline without you intending it to. This is why I will be explaining how you can turn off Twitter auto-playing videos on your device. In addition, I will also discuss possible reasons why you can’t, and how to troubleshoot.

Can you Stop Twitter from auto-playing Videos?

Yes, you can turn Twitter autoplay off. Although the autoplay feature on Twitter, by default, is enabled, it can be turned off easily on any of your devices: desktop, android or iOS. This autoplay feature automatically plays videos or GIFs on your timeline, albeit muted.

There are important reasons why the auto-play feature should be disabled. So, how do you turn off the auto-play Twitter feature? I will be explaining how to turn of the autoplay feature on any of your devices in the subsequent parts of this article.

How to turn off Twitter autoplay on a desktop computer?

Videos or GIFs Twitter autoplay feature can be turned off while using Twitter for Web on your desktop by following these simple steps. I will be giving a detailed, step-by-step guide on how you can turn off the autoplay feature on your desktop.

  1. First, sign up or log in to your Twitter account on your web browser.
  2. After opening your Twitter account, click “More” on the Menu list on your left.
  3. Select “Settings and privacy” on the drop-down options.
  4. Click on the “Accessibility, display, and languages” option.
  5. Select the “Data usage” option that appears on the right of your screen.
  6. Click on the “Autoplay” option.
  7. Last, select “Never”.

How to turn off autoplay on Twitter on iOS and Android phones?

It’s a similar but slightly different steps to turning off the autoplay Twitter feature on your mobile device. The detailed step-by-step guide will be highlighted below.

  1. First, open your Twitter app.
  2. Click on your profile picture or avatar on your top left.
  3. Select “Settings and Privacy” at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Click on “Accessibility, display, and languages” at the bottom of the page.
  5. Select the “Data usage” option.
  6. Click on “Video autoplay” towards the bottom of the page.
  7. The last step is clicking on the “Never” option.

Can’t turn off Twitter auto-play

There are some possible reasons why you can’t complete the highlighted steps and successfully turn off the auto-play feature on your Twitter account. So, what are these reasons, and how can you go about solving them?

I will be highlighting some reasons why you cannot turn off your Twitter auto-play feature, and how to troubleshoot each issue.

Old Twitter Version: The autoplay feature was introduced to desktop and iOS users on the 16th of June. So, if your Twitter app happened to be out-of-date beyond 2015, you may have difficulty turning off the auto-play feature. What you should do is simply update your app to the current version.

Weak Wi-Fi or mobile internet connection: This is one of the common reasons why you wouldn’t be able to turn off the auto-play feature. Make sure you have a strong signal reception on your desktop or mobile device.

Disabled mobile data or unconnected Wi-Fi: Following these steps means having an internet connection on the device you are accessing Twitter from. Make sure your device is connected to the internet.

Advantages of Disabling auto-play on your Twitter

There are important advantages to turning off the autoplay feature on your Twitter account. If you don’t know already, I will be identifying some, below.

  • It helps you focus while interacting with posts on your timeline.
  • You get little distraction while enjoying feeds on your timeline.
  • It saves your data.
  • It gives you time to read a video or GIF description to know if you would like it opened or not.
  • It gives you the freedom to choose what you want to see on your Twitter timeline.
  • Videos or GIFs aren’t forced on you, which is the default auto-play feature.
  • You don’t have to hastily close or scroll past videos you don’t like, as they aren’t playing.
  • Promoted or advertised posts containing videos can be easily scrolled past without them playing.

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