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Disable autoplaying for videos in Instagram

Get annoyed when you launch Instagram only to be met with a plethora of annoying sounds from autoplaying videos? You're not alone; here's how to disable it.

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No matter how you feel about Instagram adding video, 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.

As previously touched on when video 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.

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  1. Launch Instagram and navigate to your profile page.
  2. From there, tap on the Settings gear (iOS) or the three dots (Android) in the top-right corner.
  3. Scroll down to the Preferences section, find the "Auto-Play Videos" option, and uncheck the box.

Congratulations, you're now free from 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.