Latest in Autoplay

Image credit:

Twitter automatically plays videos on iOS and the web

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
June 16, 2015
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Facebook isn't the only big social network automatically playing most videos these days -- Twitter is hopping on that bandwagon, too. Visit your feed on iOS or the web and any GIFs, Vines and native Twitter video will start playing as soon as you look at them. On iOS, clips will go full-screen if you switch to landscape mode. The move is meant to both save you a clip and, of course, keep you using Twitter's services as much as possible.

Before you ask: yes, Twitter is well aware that automatic video playback could murder your capped mobile data plan. You can turn off the feature when you're away from WiFi (or altogether, if you prefer), and it won't kick in if you either have a slow connection or live in an area with especially high bandwidth costs. That's still going to be annoying if you didn't want autoplay in the first place, but at least you won't have to wake up to a gigantic phone bill because of your friend's concert footage.

Twitter autoplay

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
My return to ‘No Man’s Sky’ was a reminder of death and the void

My return to ‘No Man’s Sky’ was a reminder of death and the void

View
Discovery+ starts streaming in the US on January 4th for $5 per month

Discovery+ starts streaming in the US on January 4th for $5 per month

View
China's lunar sampling robot beams back its first full-color moon shots

China's lunar sampling robot beams back its first full-color moon shots

View
Watch the trailer for Studio Ghibli's first fully CG movie

Watch the trailer for Studio Ghibli's first fully CG movie

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr