Yikes! It's costing you lots money if you leave it turned on, it's maxing out your data plan on your smart phone. Turn it off now! What's to blame?.....

The culprit: FACEBOOK!

There is a feature in Facebook that is causing your phone to suck up more data and that could cost you a lot of extra money. Yes, we all love to see what our "so called" friends are up to, but this could cost you money.

Facebook recently introduced a feature that shows videos that appear in friend's posts, when you scroll through your newsfeed, you see the video in motion (sound off, unless you click on it). This is what is chewing up your data!

Solution: Make sure you turn off the “autoplay” setting on Facebook videos.

The default setting in the Facebook app is to display and stream these videos. You need to switch it off if your smartphone is on a data plan that is not Unlimited.

The consumer finance site MoneySavingExpert.com reports:

They have seen many complaints from people who have been stung with data bills after exceeding their monthly allowance and who believe it to be because of Facebook autoplaying videos.


Fortunately, the fix is an easy one. If you’re an iPhone user, tap your “Settings” button and then scroll down and click “Facebook.” From there, click “Settings,” “Auto-play,” and then choose “Wi-Fi only” or “Off.”


On Android, bring up the Facebook app and go to your account settings. Click “App Settings,” and then choose ‘Auto-play only on Wi-Fi’ or ‘Off.’

Check out this tutorial