Facebook for iOS update brings video autoplay to the app

Facebook for iOS received an update that will now allow videos to automatically play on your News Feed once you scroll by them on your screen. The update brings Facebook for iOS to version 6.8. The automatic video playing cannot be turned off, but you can make some adjustments. One good piece of news is that while the video will play no matter what, by default the video is mute. So if you don’t feel like being disturbed as you flick through your Facebook News Feed, you won’t hear a thing, unless you want to.

And you are going to want to embrace the ability to mute the volume considering that not only are uploaded videos playing automatically on the screen, but so are advertisements. Hey, Facebook needs to monetize, you know.

Look, we’re willing to let you in on a little back door secret. Facebook would just feel awful if it forced you to use your precious data to watch a video, or even worse, an advertisement. So you can actually disable the auto play video on a cellular network so that it will work only when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi pipeline.

Facebook for iOS allows you to disable auto play on cellular networks

While the auto play feature is only on the iOS version of Facebook, it is expected to come to other platforms as well.

Facebook iOS App Crashing: users unable to update iOS app, Here’s a Fix!

Facebook faced a rather embarrassing issue yesterday. Last evening, a lot of user profiles were inaccessible from the desktop version of the social networking website across the world. Thankfully, the issue did not last very long and has been fixed by Facebook.

While not everyone seemed to be affected by the outage, users trying to access profile pages belonging to others were faced with an error message that showed that they were temporarily unavailable. “Sorry, but this page didn’t load properly,” the error message read. “Please try again.”



Multiple attempts later, Facebook did manage to fetch the page but the time taken to do so was noticeably slower. Some users also complained about their News Feed being inaccessible. Here at tech2, we were unable to access profile pages. Another common error that users seemed to be facing read, “The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.”

Facebook, in a statement to The Next Web said that the issue had been fixed at about 11:30PM IST last night. “Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented some people from loading Timeline or Pages content for a brief period of time,” a spokesperson said. “We resolved the issue quickly, and content is back to normal. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused.”



Despite this, a quick look at Twitter shows us that Facebook’s woes haven’t ended just yet. A new update of Facebook has been put online on the Apple App Store for iOS devices, but users seem to be complaining about the inability to download it. We were unable to update the app on an iPhone 5. The changelog, funnily enough, reads “bug fixes” for the update. We’ll update the story as and when Facebook fixes the issues.


If you can’t update your facebook app, or it’s crashing constantly, please delete the app and re-download it from the app store. It works like a charm.