Many people are using Google Discover these days. It is an endless feed of news from different sources based on your interests. Google Discover also includes YouTube videos in the feed (as a separate card), and they use an autoplay function. There is a way to change this though. In this article, we will show you how to disable video autoplay in Google Discover on your Android smartphone.
I, personally, disable video autoplay almost everywhere. Instagram is probably the only app that has enabled it in my case. So, you’ll want to disable video autoplay in Google Discover, if the same is true. The process is fairly straightforward, and once you know exactly what to press, you’ll be doing it in a jiffy. We’ll go over it in detail one step at a time, and include screenshots below to walk you through each step.
How to Disable Video Autoplay in Google Discover
So, there are two ways to access Google Discover. On some Android phones, you can simply swipe from left to right on your homescreen. The same is the case with Google’s Pixel phones and many other OEM phones. So, your leftmost screen is essentially Google Discover. If that’s not the case on your phone, don’t worry, as you can simply open the Google app. That is what we will do for the purpose of this tutorial. Access your app drawer, and find the Google app.
Doing so will open Google Discover, as it’s located just below the Google search bar. If you want to disable video autoplay, you’ll need to tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner.
A pop-up menu will appear with a bunch of options. What we are interested in is the ‘Settings’ option, tap it.
A ton of options will appear here too, and you’ll need to enter the ‘General’ menu first in the list.
Once you scroll down a bit, you will see the ‘Autoplay Video Preview’ menu here, which is exactly what we are looking for.
If you enter that menu, a new pop-up menu will appear, showing you three options. The ‘Never’ option in Google Discover will disable video autoplay, so you’ll want to select that. Beyond that, though, you also have ‘On Wi-Fi only’ and ‘On Wi-Fi and mobile data’. Alternatively, you can leave video autoplay on, but limit it to play only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.