A feature that a lot of social networking platforms have implemented is the auto-playing video. The aim behind the concept is to encourage your engagement with the content. The first few seconds of a video playing might be enough to catch your interest in a video that you may otherwise not have watched. A lot of people find this feature annoying and disable it where possible.
LinkedIn is one of the social media sites that default to auto-playing videos in your feed. Of course, being a business orientated platform, a decent percentage of the videos you may come across on LinkedIn are adverts or sales pitches Thankfully, LinkedIn allows you to disable auto-play if you don’t like the feature.
To disable auto-play on the LinkedIn website, you need to click on the “Me” icon in the top bar, and then select “Settings & Privacy” from the drop-down box.
LinkedIn’s settings will open the privacy settings in a new tab. To get to the auto-play setting, you need to click on the “Account” heading at the top of the page, then click on the “Site preferences” subheading in the column on the left.
The auto-play video setting is the third option in the Site Preferences subsection. Click on the “Autoplay videos” label to open the setting then click the slider so it moves to the “No” position. This change instantly applies, you don’t need to save your changes, you can just close the settings tab.
Tip: You may need to refresh any open LinkedIn tabs for this change to take effect.
On both Android and iOS, you can open the LinkedIn settings by tapping your profile picture in the top-left corner of the app, then tapping “Settings” in the slide-out menu.
In the options list, tap the sixth setting down, labelled “Autoplay videos”, to configure the auto-play settings.
Now you’re able to choose between three settings for auto-play. “Never Autoplay Videos”, “Wi-Fi Connections Only”, and “On Mobile Data and Wi-Fi Connections”. Just tap on “Never Autoplay Videos” to disable auto-play entirely.