If you think that how Facebook decided to autoplay videos in your News Feed is annoying, things are about to get worst. Facebook recently announced that soon, they will be “bringing those videos to life”, in other words, videos will autoplay with the sound turned on.
In an attempt to “make watching video on Facebook richer, more engaging and more flexible”, Facebook will automatically play videos in your News Feed with sound. The sound will fade in and out as you scroll through videos in your News Feed. Luckily, if your phone is set to silent, videos will not play with sound.
Don’t want Facebook to start autoplaying videos with sound? Fortunately, you can turn it off. All you need to do is open up Settings, and turn off the “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” option.
On top of that, Facebook also made some small changes to videos in its News Feed on mobile devices. With the update, you will see a larger preview of vertical videos. This update is available to everyone watching videos on iOS and Android. If you are using an Android device, Facebook is also rolling out the ability for you to minimise videos and keep it at the corner of your screen as you scroll through your News Feed. This means that you can keep watching the video as you look through the News Feed, and even when you exit the Facebook app to do something else on your phone.
Finally, Facebook also announced that they are working on a video app for TV. This will be available soon for some of the most popular platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more to come in the future. Facebook already allow users to stream videos to the big screen however with the new app, you can watch videos shared by friends or Pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, recommended videos based on your interests, and catch up on videos you’ve saved without relying on your phone.