Playing videos and live photos can be fun to watch in the Photos app on iPhone, iPad and Mac, but they can also be distracting and drain your battery. To disable everything on all your Apple devices.
Disable Autoplaying Videos and Live Photos on iPhone and iPad
On iOS 13 and iPad 13 (and higher), Apple automatically plays videos and live photos when you scroll through the Photos tab. Thankfully, the media is slowing down. This is especially annoying when you scroll through the years or months on the Photos tab or when viewing old memory albums.
Disabling this feature is as easy as flipping a switch. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad and go to the “Photos” section.
Now scroll down until you see the “Photo tab” section. Click here to toggle next to the “Auto-Play Videos and Live Photos” option to disable the feature.
When you go back to the Photos tab, you will find that your photos will be the way you want them – still.
Disable Autoplaying Videos and Live Photos on Mac
The Photos app on macOS Catalina (and higher) also has the same built-in autoplay feature. If you scroll through the Photos tab, you will find previews of videos and live photos and they will play automatically as you pass them.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to disable this feature on Mac.
Open the Photos app and click the “Photos” button from the menu bar. Select the “Settings” option here.
Uncheck the box next to the “Autoplay Videos and Live Photos” option on the “General” tab to disable the feature.
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