Yes, you can turn off video Auto-Play in the new Instagram

Daniel Bader

June 20, 2013 7:25pm

Photo 6-20-2013, 5 25 51 PM (HDR)

Instagram updated its iOS and Android apps to support video capture and playback today, and while the update may place the service into Vine’s territory, it attempts to integrate holistically with its photo features.

Users looking to retain the static nature of Instagram, however, do have options. By default, Instagram 4.0 auto-plays videos, which could pose a problem for users who don’t want to be startled with the accompanying loud, tinny audio.

To turn off Auto-Play, head to Instagram’s Options page, located in the Profile panel (the tab farthest to the right). On Android, Options is accessed by hitting the three-dot button at the top right of the display; on the iPhone it’s the little cog, located in the same place.

Once turned off, videos will remain static until you expressly action them. While it’s possible to do so while scrolling through your feed, this will ensure that things remain mostly calm unless you want them to be otherwise.

Also of note: video capture only works on Android devices running version 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. While this limits the user base to roughly 35% of the market, it ensures capture and playback is super fast. At first glance, it is much quicker than Vine at rendering video, and the various filters are applied in real time.

  • Rawb

    Why are some updates on Android delayed? Like you read about all these updates, the play store page for the app is updated with what’s new, reviews are rolling in for the new version of the app, but I still haven’t got the update. This happened with some Google apps and its happening now with instagram.

    • Tony Sarju

      It’s called staggered roll outs. The updates are only pushed to a batch of users at a time. I just received the Instagram update today after installing the app yesterday. If you want the new Googleapps, that usually takes longer, you should head over to Android Police and search their posts for the last Google app update that you are looking for and install the APK manually.

  • dawood

    how do you get the battery % on the top right of your one??

    • Super_Deluxe

      It’s in Accessibility in the Settings on my S3 and I think it’s the same thing on the One.

      Edit: I meant to say Display and not Accessibility. My bad.

    • Simon Dussault

      Because he runs 4.2.2