Instagram Yanks Option to Turn Off Video Autoplay a Week After Announcing Ads

By: Josh Wolford - October 11, 2013

In oh Instagram, I see what you’re up to news, you can no longer disable autoplay for Instagram videos.

For the more visually inclined, you used to have this option…

And now you don’t. Now, you only have an option to toggle the pre-loading of videos to “always” or “Wi-Fi only”

It appears that Instagram snuck this into an update they released on Thursday without making any mention of it.

The inability to turn off autoplay is probably a minor annoyance for most – but it’s a big, big deal for Instagram. You may remember that last week, the company announced that the first-ever ads would be hitting your feeds.

“Our aim is to make any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands. After all, our team doesn’t just build Instagram, we use it each and every day. We want these ads to be enjoyable and creative in much the same way you see engaging, high-quality ads when you flip through your favorite magazine,” said the company in a blog post.

But for advertisers to buy ads in your feed, Instagram has to be able to assure them that people will actually see them. By forcing autoplay, Instagram can do this.

[h/t The Next Web]

Image via Digital Trends

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  • pgadeyne

    Minor annoyance, videos are a major drain on your data plan and could end up pushing a lot of users above their data limit.

  • errolsmiff

    Yeah this sucks f*@# Instagram