No matter how you feel about, I think we can all agree that being greeted with a random sound every time you launch the app and a video starts playing without you doing a thing is very annoying.
The worst part about these autoplaying videos is they do not care about the little data you have left. Mobile data or WiFi are two expensive commodities in South Africa so saving them is ideal for anyone every time.
As previouslyvideo capabilities in Instagram first launched, you can disable the “feature” (more like curse) of autoplay with just a few quick taps. I have to hand it to the Instagram team for even putting the option in the app.
The Method is Extremely simple, so here’s how to do it:
The method is the same for iOS and Android
1. Open the Instagram app and go to your profile page
2. Tap the three lines at the top right and then ‘Settings’
3. Go to Account > Cellular Data Use
4. Turn on ‘Use Less Data’
Congratulations, you’re now free from losing data, hearing your friend’s dog bark, a child cry, or a waiter reciting the night’s specials every time you launch Instagram.
Henceforth, in order to play a video you’ll need to tap on it and wait for it to load.