5 Methods To Disable Reels Videos In Facebook App

Ever since Facebook rolled out its Reels feature, it’s been quite the hot topic, hasn’t it? Some users embrace it for its fun, quick video content, while others find it a bit overwhelming, especially when they’re in search of a calm browsing experience. I remember the first time I saw a Reels video pop up on my feed. I was taken aback by the unexpected autoplay and the surge of dynamic content. If you’re like me, craving a more tranquil Facebook browsing session, I’ve got your back. Here are five methods to minimize or disable Reels Videos in the Facebook app:

1. Reduce Autoplay of Videos:

Before diving into the reel of Reels, you might want to consider simply reducing the autoplay of videos on your feed. To do so:

  • Open the Facebook app and head over to the Menu (three horizontal lines).
  • Navigate to ‘Settings & Privacy’ > ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to the ‘Media and Contacts’ section.
  • Tap on ‘Autoplay’ and select ‘Never Autoplay Videos’.

By choosing this option, the videos, including Reels, won’t play automatically, giving you a bit more peace.

Reduce Autoplay of Videos:


2. Mute Reels Videos:

Okay, so maybe you don’t mind seeing the Reels, but the sudden burst of sound is what gets you. No problem! Just like when I’m trying to read a book in a bustling café, sometimes all I need are earplugs.

  • When a Reels video starts playing, tap on the video.
  • On the bottom right, you’ll see a speaker icon. Tap on it, and voila! Your video is muted.

3. Limit Your Exposure To Specific Creators:

It might be that you’re only averse to Reels from specific creators. That’s fair. We all have our tastes.

  • When a Reels video from the particular creator appears, tap on the three dots in the top right corner of the post.
  • From the drop-down menu, select ‘Hide video’. This ensures fewer videos from that creator appear in your feed.
Limit Your Exposure To Specific Creators:

4. Provide Feedback To Facebook:

Facebook, like any other tech giant, values user feedback. Let them know how you feel about Reels!

  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy’ > ‘Help & Support’ > ‘Report a Problem’.
  • Choose ‘Something isn’t working’, select ‘Reels’, and detail your experience. Here’s a helpful guide on how to do that by DigitalTrends.

5. Consider Using Facebook Lite:

If all else fails and Reels continues to disturb your calm, consider switching to Facebook Lite. It’s a lighter version of the Facebook app, and while designed for low-bandwidth areas, it has fewer dynamic features and might just offer the tranquility you seek.

Consider Using Facebook Lite


Navigating the ever-evolving landscape of social media can be akin to exploring a new city. While there are sights (or features) that delight, there can be alleys that we’d rather avoid. Hopefully, with the above methods, you can customize your Facebook experience to better suit your preferences.

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Benjamin Johnson

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