Facebook App vs. Your Mobile Data Plan

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What mobile data plan do you have? 1GB or 2GB perhaps? So you hate it when you get your bill and there is that “overage charge” because you crossed the quota line even by a fraction.

Well here’s one culprit that you may want to put right into jail – the Facebook app. Have you noticed how many videos are in your newsfeed? Seems like more and more lately! And Facebook decides for us that auto-play is a better user experience. Well on a phone that is not on a Wi-Fi connection, all those frames of playback in a video equates to more mobile data download bytes. Facebook mobile app by default has auto-play videos set to ON. Ah-ha moment! Turn the setting to auto-play off (or only on Wi-Fi and you won’t get the added hit of data usage from this.


In order find this setting, follow the instructions on this facebook help page to get it set how you would rather have it!

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  1. Sussie Sutton 09/23/2014 03:40 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh yes, I remember you telling us this another time.  this is yet another reason I don't use FB on my cell phone.  (I don't use it much on laptop either, so it's not a big sacrifice.  If I ever change, I will need to change that setting.

Sep 19, 2014 11:15 PM #2
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

This is something that many of us learned out of necessity because of our children Craig. Great tip as always!

Sep 19, 2014 11:19 PM #3
Nicholas Costantino
Engel & Völkers - Hoboken, NJ
CRS, ASP, e-Pro

Thank you for the tip Craig I went over the data limit for the first time last month and wasn't happy about it. I will make that change and hopefully will save some precious data bytes.

Sep 20, 2014 12:38 AM #4
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Wow. I didn't know we could do this. Great informative post Craig . Guess I'll check on the other settings if I have time.

Sep 20, 2014 01:10 AM #5
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Fantastic tip and tutorial, Craig ... definitely one that should be shared and seen by as many here on AR as possible!


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Sep 20, 2014 01:21 AM #6
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

I just did it on my iphone. What a great tip--thank you!!

Sep 20, 2014 02:29 AM #7
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Wow!   Craig - you have done it again!   Great tip - thanks!

Sep 20, 2014 03:41 AM #8
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Craig,  Very good advice.  I have unlimited data due to some grandfathering with AT & T but my daughter Erin is always running over on her plan.  I will share this one with her for sure.

Sep 20, 2014 03:42 AM #9
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Craig, I knew there was a reason I haven't downloaded a lot of apps, thanks for the info!

Sep 20, 2014 04:12 AM #10
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Craig - Good tip. Fortunately we have an unlimited data plan we have held onto from years ago, and it saves us a bundle.

Sep 20, 2014 05:10 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

That explains a lot.  I have a family plan.  So I am going to see to it that is done.

Sep 20, 2014 07:02 AM #12
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

There is a lot out there sucking on the data feed straw, and we don't think about it.

Then ... there's the bill.

Sep 20, 2014 09:14 PM #13
Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

Thanks for the tip. I've gone over twice recently just by a little bit and that could have made the difference.

Sep 20, 2014 09:52 PM #14
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Seems like even at 10GB that we get close to maxing out every month.  Just so much data to burn through.  Thank you. 

Sep 21, 2014 10:22 PM #15
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Thanks Craig, I have just emailed this to my son and will go check my phone now... I have 4 lines and all of us have FB app !

Sep 21, 2014 10:43 PM #16
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I LOVE YOU!  THANK YOU! I am so happy you told me how to turn those always running videos! I kept getting messages that my data was running close to over the top!

Well this post just helped me fix that situation!


Sep 23, 2014 03:34 AM #17
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Craig Daniels That is a great money saving tip, Craig. I don't think this is widely known. 

Sep 24, 2014 08:59 AM #18
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple

Thanks for the helpful information! You don't think of those little things that can up your data charges.

Sep 26, 2014 04:27 AM #19
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

You're so smart!  There's no wonder why I subscribe to your posts!!!!

Thanks Craig,


Sep 29, 2014 03:55 AM #20
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great tip & I don't have the app on my phone. There are many of these 'data-suckers' on our phones now which we rarely know about.

Oct 12, 2014 01:09 AM #21
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