Facebook enables sound for auto-playing Videos

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 16, 2017
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

Videos play automatically on Facebook by default, unless you disable the option. We published instructions back in 2014 that walked you through the steps of turning off auto-playing videos on Facebook, and in Facebook's mobile apps.

Facebook announced yesterday that it made the decision to enable sound for these auto-playing videos by default. The change, which seems to roll out on all of the company's mobile applications first, has the effect that videos will play with sound, and no longer muted, when they are loaded.

While some users may like the change, Facebook notes that tests have indicated that, others may not like it as much. The company notes that videos will not play with sound if the device is silent. That's a relief at least, considering that you won't annoy others nearby then with Facebook video ads with sound, or a recent party video.

Users on mobile devices may also see notifications that inform them about the change, so that they are not caught off-guard completely.

Turn off auto-playing videos with sound on Facebook

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You have two options when it comes to auto-playing videos with sound enabled on Facebook. You may turn auto-playing videos on Facebook for instance. If you do, no videos will start to play automatically in Facebook's mobile applications or on the desktop.

If you don't mind that videos play automatically, but want them to do so without sound, then you can turn off sound by default instead.

Do the following if you use Facebook on an Android device:

  1. Open the Facebook application on the device.
  2. Tap on the menu icon in the application.
  3. Select App Settings from the menu that opens up.
  4. Toggle "Videos in news feed start with sound".

If you are using an iOS device, do the following instead:

  1. Tap on the menu icon in the bottom right corner of the application's interface.
  2. Go to Tap Settings > Account Settings > Sounds.
  3. Toggle "Videos in news feed start with sound".

You can restore the functionality at any time by repeating the steps outlined above.

Other changes

It’s now possible to minimize the video you’re watching to a picture-in-picture view that keeps playing in the corner of your screen while you browse other stories in News Feed. You can drag the video to any corner of the screen, and if you’re using an Android device, you can keep the video playing even when you exit the Facebook app to do something else on your phone.

Facebook announced two additional changes for videos in mobile devices. Vertical videos are now larger  on mobile devices as Facebook users responded positively to a limited preview of the change.

There is also a new option to watch and scroll at the same time. It is a picture in picture mode that keeps the video on the screen while you may use other parts of Facebook at the same time.

Facebook enables sound for auto-playing Videos
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Facebook videos that auto-play on the company's mobile applications for iOs and Android will have sound turned on by default as well from now on.
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  1. Ross said on February 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Facebook has not had any good ideas in at least five years. A mobile app is a bad idea. A special mobile app for messenger is a bad idea. Autoplay videos are a bad idea. Autoplay videos with sound are a bad idea. They appear to be in a Myspace death spiral…

    1. David said on February 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Spot on.

  2. Robert said on February 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Just don’t open Facebook in a conference and find out your buddy sent you porn.

    1. MdN said on February 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Porn doesn’t get through Facebook’s filters, unlike violence videos.

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