Beware of Twitter Autoplay Videos Using Your Data

Beware of Twitter Autoplay Videos Using Your Data

Did you know that your social media usage could have consequences for your mobile data usage, and therefore be costing you lots of money? Twitter logo

Twitter has introduced an autoplay feature on iPhones and iPads which does exactly what it says; when a video appears on your timeline is will now play without you clicking on it? Facebook has also the same feature, and Martin Lewis’ website covered the story and advised users to change their phone or tablet settings after receiving complaints from people who had been caught out with high bills.

In this article, we look at what you can do to ensure you do not get caught out and faced with high mobile data bills.

What to be aware of?An image of Social Media icons

Tumblr, Instagram, Vine and YouTube settings also default to Autoplay with only Tumblr and Instagram muted.  If you or your children regularly use these sites whether in a browser or via an app it would be a good idea to check the settings.  Especially if you are planning on going abroad.  We all know how high data roaming charges can be and you could be in for a nasty surprise when you get home.

It’s very easy to find yourself at the wrong end of a high mobile phone bill and if you are worried about paying these and other unforeseen expenses we can help you organise a short-term loan to see you through a difficult financial time.  All you need to do is fill in a simple online form and you will receive quotes within minutes.

David Snelling of the Express recently wrote an excellent article about a ‘charge scare’ relating to Facebook. To find out what happened, please click here.

How to update your settings to stop autoplayA screenshot of Twitter settings

At the time of writing the following resources tell you how to stop autoplay on the most popular social media platforms:

  • Facebookthis link explains how to update your Facebook settings.
  • Instagram this link explains how to update your Insta settings.
  • Twitterthis link explains how to update your Twitter settings.
  • YouTubethis link explains how to update your YouTubesettings.
  • Tumblr – this link explains how to update your Tumblr settings.
  • Pinterestthis link explains how to update your Pinterest settings.

Please note that the various platforms are always updating themselves, and the way of stopping autoplay may change from time to time; if you are aware that any of the above links are out of date, please drop me a line.

We hope you found this article useful?

We write these articles as tips and hints on saving money, so we hope you found it useful. As you can probably see by the name of our website, we are a firm of credit brokers, generally helping those who have a poor credit rating, so are very sensitive on how to help people where we can.


Clare McDonald

As a mother of two, Clare knows the importance of being careful with money, so writes posts from personal experience. Clare also loves to find great deals, so shares her finding here.

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