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TECHNOBYTE for 6 November 2015

Many listeners have been complaining that data on smartphones gets deleted very quickly especially when using social media platforms. Many social media set the media and video setting on default to play as you scroll down within the app. You will notice for example on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as you scroll down videos play automatically. This is because it is set on auto play and this is what might use a large chunk of your data as this happens in the background.

One can disable video auto play to only be used in a Wi-Fi area or not to auto play at all.

To turn video auto play off in Facebook open your app and go to Settings > Account settings > Videos & Photos > Autoplay > Never Autoplay or On Wi-Fi connections only.

Also you might like to turn off the setting that uploads your videos or photos in HD as this is a fairly large file that will chew your data if you use it on cellular.

To turn off auto play in Twitter, open your Twitter app and go to Settings > Videos autoplay > and change the setting to never play videos automatically or use Wi-Fi only.

To turn of auto play in Instagram, open your Instagram app and go to Settings > Cellular Data Use - enable use less data. Also turn off save original photos.

Facebook video viewership is growing by leaps and bounds. It now sees 8 billion average daily video views from 500 million users. That’s up from just 4 billion video views per day in April. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on the call to investors following Facebook’s blockbuster Q3 2015 earnings report.

Some might contend that this stat isn’t totally accurate since Facebook counts just 3 seconds of watching as a “view”. But the 100% growth in seven months shows that even when controlling for this limitation of the metric, users are still voraciously consuming videos.

Even at just 3 seconds per view, Facebook is generating 760 years of watch time each day.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/04/facebook-video-views/

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