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3 Facebook annoyances you can stop right now

3 Facebook annoyances you can stop right now
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Facebook is a classic “love-hate” relationship. Love the communication with family and friends. Hate all the nonsense clogging up the news feed. Fortunately, there are a few really easy steps you can take to control your Facebook experience.

1. Auto-playing videos

Last year, Facebook decided that its users wanted videos in the News Feed to start playing automatically when they scrolled past them. Wrong. Facebook users were actually upset. Not only was it annoying to suddenly get blasted with sound, videos use up cellular data on mobile gadgets.

Turning off auto-playing video is simple. For the Facebook website, go to your Facebook profile. Click the downward arrow in the upper-right corner and select "Settings." At the bottom of the left column, click "Videos." Then next to "Auto-Play Videos," choose "Off."

In Android, open the Facebook app and tap the icon with the three horizontal lines to the left. Then scroll down to "App Settings" and tap "Autoplay." You can set it to play "On Mobile Data and Wi-Fi Connections," "On Wi-Fi Connections Only," or, my personal favorite, "Never Autoplay Videos."

For iOS, open your Facebook app and at the bottom-right corner tap "More." Scroll down and tap "Settings" and then "Account Settings." Find and tap "Videos and Photos" and under Video Settings tap "Autoplay." You can set it to play "On Mobile Data and Wi-Fi Connections," "On Wi-Fi Connections Only," or "Never Autoplay Videos."

Auto-playing videos aren't the only things eating up your cellular data. Learn about four more ways your cellular data gets drained and how to stop them.

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