Twitter introduced autoplay feature for videos, Vines and GIFs recently. Describing it as a "more streamlined consumption experience for all native videos, GIFs and Vines," the change is applicable on the website as well as mobile apps. But it raised concerns of excessive data consumption on mobile and PC. Thankfully, there is an easy way to overcome this anxiety, which is by disabling the new feature or limiting it when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Twitter rolled out the new feature to desktop and iOS versions while delaying the Android rollout. Here's how you can turn off video autoplay on Twitter.
- Go to Twitter and log in to your profile
- Go to Settings
- Scroll down to Content
- Locate Video Tweets
- Uncheck Video autoplay
- Click Save Changes at the bottom
- Launch Twitter iOS app on your iPhone/iPad
- Select Me tab at the lower right hand corner
- Tap the gear icon
- Tap Settings
- Go to General and tap Video autoplay
- Change "Use mobile data and Wi-Fi" to "Use Wi-Fi Only" if you prefer video autoplay to run on your Wi-Fi or simply select "Never play videos automatically" to disable the feature completely.
- Go back and tap Done to save changes
These changes will not affect the ability to manually play videos or Vines on Twitter, be it on mobile or desktop.