How can I stop floating auto-playing videos on Facebook?

A while back, Facebook introduced a "helpful" feature that is anything but. When you click out of a video in your news feed, the player window minimizes to the corner of the screen and the video continues to play. The minimized player floats with you as you scroll through your feed. 


In theory, you can turn this off in your Facebook account or app settings. We say "in theory" because we've seen reports that it doesn't work consistently.


In a web browser

According to Facebook help, to stop videos from playing automatically on your computer:

  1. On the Facebook page in the upper right, click and select Settings.
  2. Click Videos in the left menu.
  3. Click the menu next to Auto-Play Videos and select Off.


Facebook account settings > Videos



In the Facebook app on mobile devices

Again, we have had reports that the following instructions, provided by Facebook, may not work.


iPhone

  1. In the Facebook app, tap Navigation.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Settings & Privacy, then Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Media and Contacts and tap Videos and Photos.
  4. Tap Autoplay, then select Never Autoplay Videos.


Android

  1. In the Facebook app, tap More.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Settings & Privacy, then Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts.
  4. Tap Autoplay, then select Never Autoplay Videos.


Other suggestions

If the instructions above don't work and you're using an Android device, try this solution we found in a Facebook community forum:

  • Turn off the screen overlay permission that allows the Facebook app to float the player window over other apps. Here's how, courtesy of How-To Geek. (That article refers to an error. The instructions for disabling the permission are all you need to pay attention to.)


If nothing prevents the floating player window from following you as you scroll through your feed, you can at least stop the video from playing. We found this suggestion in a Facebook community forum and it was confirmed by one of our users.

  • "Sling" the video off the screen by swiping fast to the right and releasing. Note that it isn't enough to simply drag the player window to the side of the screen. That just moves the player window while the video continues to play. You really need to "fling" it. 


We're not sure if these suggestions work on Android devices only or also in Facebook's iOS app. Let us know in the feedback for this article. Thanks!


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