Last month I absolutely blew through the data cap on my phone. We’re talking more than 3GB used before the 20th of the month. I was a little perturbed, even when I was using an elliptical three times a week and streaming Supernatural for an hour each session I still wasn’t going over my limit. How was it then, that being lazy was causing me to use more data? I began the hunt.
It turns out that not too long ago Facebook began to play videos automatically as part of one of their marketing changes. Although they begin to play without sound, the videos still chewed up my bandwidth unnecessarily. Not only just on my data network, but on my wireless as well. I’m one of the few poor unfortunate souls in the U.S. that actually has a data cap on their home internet (150GB for $50 a month, 6MbPS. Suck it Bloom Broadband.) Thankfully there’s a way to turn it off.
- Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone (or iPad, because the same issues can happen here too.)
- Scroll down and tap on Facebook.
- Now tap on Settings.
- Under the Video section you can do one of two things (well, three but I prefer these two):
- Choose Wi-fi only to have the videos only autoplay while you’re connected to wi-fi
- Choose Off to have the videos never play on their own
My preference is off, I can only watch the first three seconds of the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer so many times.