How to Stop Autoplaying Videos on Twitter

Today, Twitter announced that it plans to introduce autoplay videos to Twitter users on iOS and the web. This new feature means that local videos, GIFs, Vines, and ads will all play automatically on the user’s timeline. Many people will want to turn this feature off and today we want to show you how to stop autoplay videos on Twitter.

Before today’s announcementGIFs, Vines, and local videos on your Twitter timeline require a click before they start. That all changed today with the introduction of a smoother video experience with autoplay for Twitter. Now, all this media will start without having to touch anything. Some people will love it, some people will absolutely hate it.

The move brings Twitter in line with Facebook and Instagram. There, ads and other video content are served silently and automatically. To turn up the volume, all you have to do is tap. Even if Twitter makes it seem like everything is about the user, the final sentence that clarifies the company’s intentions is this:

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Fortunately, Twitter provides a way to disable autoplay videos, but the blog post about the new feature doesn’t go into details on how to stop autoplay videos on the website. That’s why we want to take you through the process step-by-step and show you how to quickly stop autoplaying videos on Twitter.

How to Stop Autoplaying Videos on Twitter

Currently, Twitter autoplay videos are only available on the web and iOS. Twitter says that Android support will come soon, although it does not specify a specific date.


If you’re using iOS and want to stop Twitter’s autoplay videos, you’ll want to open the Twitter for iOS app first. Next, you’ll want to tap the Me pane in the lower-right corner of the app. This will bring up your profile page.


From there, click Settings. Once in Settings you will want to scroll down and find the Video autoplay section. Bold and hard to miss. Tap it and you will be faced with three options.

The first option will load autoplay videos using mobile data and Wi-Fi connections. Those of you who are concerned about your data bucket may want to turn it off.

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If you don’t want to use mobile data while uploading these videos, you can choose to upload them only over a Wi-Fi connection. Using a Wi-Fi connection won’t affect your data plan, but this option will keep Twitter autoplay videos running on your phone or tablet.


The third option is the actual disable option. Twitter allows you to turn off autoplay videos completely so that GIFs, Vines and ads never autoplay on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The company gives you the option to change it at any time, so if you decide you really like seeing autoplay videos on your Twitter timeline, you can go back and turn them on.