By default Instagram preload videos so they are started as quickly as possible. However, automatic video playback is a very risky setting, as it consumes a lot of data.

It is not a problem if we are connected to an unlimited WiFi network but it becomes when we use Internet using our mobile network data and operators offer a very limited amount of GB in their offers.

The risk is to lost all the GBs before the natural renewal of the offer that is active.

To reduce the amount of mobile data used by the Instagram application, you can choose not to preload videos on Instagram via mobile connections.

And in this article we’re going to explain just how to do this: disable the video autoplay within the Instagram app for iOS and Android. The procedure is the same for the app for iOS and Android but the design of an icon changes.

By choosing to use less data, uploading videos over a mobile connection may take longer, but at least it does not run out of all the GBs of the active offer.

While most other video applications allow users to completely disable video autoplay, Instagram does not. In fact, Instagram allows you to disable video pre-upload only when connected to a mobile data network.

It’s a big step forward compared to not offering any options to disable the video autoplay, but there are those who also have non-unlimited ADSL tariff plans at home.

However, let’s see below how to disable the autoplay of videos on Instagram on both Android and iOS devices.

How to disable the autoplay of videos in Instagram for iOS and Android:

Step 1: Open Instagram, then go to your own page by tapping the user icon on the bottom right.

Step 2: Enter your profile, you need to enter the settings screen. To do this, tap the settings icon at the top right, which on Android shows three vertical points, while on iPhone a gear.

Step 3: In the settings screen, scroll to the ‘Settings’ section and then click on ‘Use mobile data’.

Step 4:- Select ‘Use less data’ to prevent Instagram from pre-uploading videos when connected to the internet using the mobile network.

Procedure completed. By checking the item ‘Use less data’ you have chosen not to preload videos on Instagram via mobile connections.

On the final choice page between ‘standard’ and ‘Use less data’, Instagram warns you that using less data from your mobile phone may affect your app’s experience (eg photos and videos may load more slowly) but I assume it’s better to wait one or two seconds more ‘than find yourself without GB or have to renew their offer in advance.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This doesn’t turn off auto-play as the headline suggests. It may make the app more mobile data conscious, which unfortunately is the best Instagram offers, but the title is rather misleading in making it seem like the article will tell you how to actually disable autoplay.

    • If someone wants to stop video autoplay it is to save data, and at the end, it also stops autoplay, so the aim to turn off autoplay is fulfilled. Isn’t it?

      • I want to disable it because it annoys me that they play automatically as I scroll. I have unlimited data so the data saving aspect doesn’t concern me. I have data saving enabled regardless since that’s all that’s offered but the videos still auto-play. Even if it did stop it, it likely wouldn’t help on WiFi which, regardless again of being on unlimited data, I’d still like to disable auto-play. So the headline should state something about how to conserve mobile data with videos on Instagram, not how to disable auto-play, since it doesn’t.

  2. Agreed with Bob. At the end, the video is still autoplay. Should change the title into “how to save data connection on IG” instead. The tittle is misleading.

    • I agree but this is the best possible solution to turn off autoplay I’ll update after I find a better solution. Thanks for review Caveluna

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