Facebook Autoplay Blamed for Cell Data Overages

By WTAJ News

Published 09/04 2014 10:38AM

Updated 09/04 2014 10:42AM

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA – Facebook’s autoplay feature on videos in newsfeeds is being blamed for boosting cell customers’ data plan bills over the limit.

The consumer finance website MoneySavingExpert.com first flagged the issue.

Smartphone users are being advised to change the default setting in the Facebook app to ditch the auto-streaming function.

On iOS devices:
Enter Settings and scroll down to Facebook
Tap “Settings”
In the video section, switch Auto-play to “Off”

On Android devices:
Enter the Facebook app
Tap the menu button, then “Settings”
Tap “Videos” and switch Auto-play videos to “Off”

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