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How To Turn Off Auto-Sound For Videos On Facebook

A while back, Facebook made it so that videos in your news feed would play automatically. It was awful. Thankfully, Facebook gave users a way to turn off auto-play for videos. It was a terrible idea to have videos play automatically and now Facebook is going to one-up that idea. A new feature is rolling out to users that will auto-play videos with sound. Before this feature was added, users had to tap a video to get sound. Now, videos will play automatically with sound. It will be awful. Thankfully, users have the option to turn off auto-sound for videos on Facebook. Here’s how.

This new feature is being rolled out to users slowly. If the videos in your news feed don’t play sound automatically, you haven’t received the update. If you haven’t received the update, the option to turn off auto-sound for videos on Facebook will not be available.

Open the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android phone. Tap the More button at the bottom right of the screen on your iPhone. On Android, the More button is at the top right.

On iOS Scroll down on the next screen and tap ‘Settings’. Select ‘Account Settings’.  On Android, you will see the ‘Account Settings’ option in the main menu. Tap it.

On iOS, tap ‘Sounds’ and turn off the ‘Videos in News Feed Start With Sound’ option. On Android, look for the ‘Videos in News Feed Start With Sound’ option on the ‘Account Settings’ screen and turn it off.

That’s about it. Facebook really, really, wants you to watch videos but this is a bit too much. I have, on occasion, accidentally tapped a video while scrolling through my news feed in the dead of the night. The sound of course woke up my roommate. Imagine the videos now just playing with sound unless you explicitly turn it Off; Facebook needs to stop it with these ‘features’.

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  • Rachel Ward

    Doesn’t work. At all. I have an Android phone and the latest version of the app. I do not have a “more” button at all and I have no setting having anything to do with videos under account settings.

  • ccarr4

    I just got the sound update (hate!), but I do not have the option to turn it off under account settings. Is there no way at all?

    • Give it a few days. The option will appear shortly. It seems Facebook rolls out the feature before it rolls out an Off button.