Twitter is adding autoplay for native videos, Vines and GIFs in its iOS app

You could say I’m not a big fan of intrusive autoplay videos in apps, not to mention those pesky autoplay video ads on some websites. With that in mind, I was taken aback when Twitter announced today adding this very feature to its iPhone and iPad application and the web interface.

Twitter says users can also get a full-screen experience, too, just by rotating their device to landscape mode.

The social network is letting users opt-out of the autoplay feature. By doing that, the Twitter feed will switch to the “click-to-play” functionality that was previously the standard. Also, Twitter says that it will opt some users out by default, depending on some details:
“ If you’re somewhere with high data rates or you have low bandwidth on your device, we’ll opt you out of autoplay to avoid unexpected charges or slow performance; so you’ll continue to see videos as click-to-play. “

That being said, I could in fact imagine the autoplay experience being immensely useful under some very specific circumstances, like following something unfolding in real time on Twitter like major news, Super Bowl and what have you.

Fortunately, you can always go back manually to the much data-friendlier click-to-play style independently on and Twitter for iOS. They were even kind enough to give us the choice between having videos autoplay only when on Wi-Fi or never.

How to disable autoplay videos on
Step 1: Log in to in your desktop browser.

Step 2: Click your profile icon in the upper right.

Step 3: Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Go to the Account section next to Video Tweets and uncheck “Autoplay videos.”

So what do you think ?

Source: Twitter


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