How to disable video auto-play in Instagram for iPhone

If you haven’t already heard, Instagram was recently updated to include support for videos. Just like Vine, Instagram can auto-play those videos as soon as you scroll past them. For many of us, this feature may be more annoying than it is useful. As it happens, there’s a way to disable it. Here’s how:

  • Launch the Instagram app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  • In the bottom navigation, tab on the Profile tab which is the furthest to the right.
  • On your profile screen, tap on the Settings gear in the upper right hand corner.
  • Scroll down a ways and they’ll see an option for Auto-Play videos. Tap to turn the slider to the Off position.
  • That’s it. Instagram will now not play videos automatically as you scroll past them unless you actually tap on them to play them.