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Facebook To Automatically Play Audio While Scrolling Past Videos

February 16, 2017

The one thing Facebook likes to do is change things up from time to time.  The latest change, to in Facebook's words to enhance the "customer experience" may be one of the more annoying changes.  Very soon, if it hasn't already happened, when you scroll past videos in your timeline, the muted audio will begin to broadcast at whatever volume your phone's speaker is set to, even if you don't open the video.  As you scroll by the video and move down the line, that video's audio will fade out.  However if your newsfeed is filled with videos, it can be quite a disturbing event of sounds, which may include embarrassing and inappropriate words and sounds in the office, waiting room or church.  However, if your phone is set to silent or vibrate, the audio will not broadest through your speaker.  Facebook says that 70% of users who hear sound automatically play by default simply left it on. However to ensure audio doesn't just begin on its own free will, you can change the settings for Facebook, even if you leave the volume turned on your phone.  For iPhone, open SETTINGS, then SOUNDS and toggle to disable VIDEOS IN NEWS FEED START WITH SOUND and disable it.  For Android users, open SETTINGS and then scroll down to the toggle to VIDEOS IN NEWS FEED START WITH SOUND and turn it off.  If you are annoyed by the autoplay of videos altogether, you can turn that feature off too.  For Android, Open the Facebook app, click on the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) in the lower right of the screen, scroll to app settings. Tap AUTOPLAY and turn the autoplay off.  For iPhone it's pretty much the same, open the Facebook app and locate the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) in the lower right of the screen. Select SETTINGS then ACCOUNT SETTINGS.  Tap VIDEOS AND PHOTOS< AUTOPLAY and turn it off.

SOURCE: The Consumerist

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