In Facebook’s endless quest to make your life “better” (where better has a very subjective meaning), it has added a feature to its mobile app that will automatically play sound when a video starts. If you’d rather turn this annoying feature off, here’s how.
The Facebook app has notified users of this new feature with the following splash screen, helpfully pointing out that when videos start playing in the News Feed, the sound will be on.
This is frustrating, however, it’s made more complicated by the way Facebook handles noise in the News Feed. If you have this feature allowed, at any time you scroll past a video, the audio will start playing right away, whether you connect with a video or not. If you turn this function off, then you need to tap the audio icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to begin playing audio. Once you do that, though, it toggles the sound on for each video afterwards … up until you change it off in the settings once again. Annoying?
Regardless, if you want to fight back against the tide of noisy Facebook videos, tap the menu icon in the top right corner of the Facebook app.
Scroll down and tap Settings, then choose App Settings.
At the top of the screen, disable the toggle that says “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.”
After this, you should be met with sweet silence from videos on your News Feed as you scroll past, unless you interact with a video. If sound does start playing, tap the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of the video, to make sure that Facebook really knows that you don’t want your videos to speak unless spoken to.
Remember, if you do turn on sound for a video, you’ll have to repeat the above steps to turn sound off again.