Facebook recently made it so that videos on your News Feed will automatically starting playing when you scroll by them. It’s annoying and distracting, but luckily, it’s really easy to stop this from happening. Here’s what you need to do. If you’re using Facebook in your browser, head into the drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner of Facebook, and click on Settings. Click on “Videos” in the left-hand column, then change the Auto-Play Videos setting from “On” to “Off.” Things aren’t quite so cut-and-dry on mobile – Facebook won’t let you completely turn off its video ads when you’re on the go, but it will let you disable them when you’re not on Wi-Fi. If you’re on Android, open the left sidebar in the Facebook app and tap “App Settings.” Once you’re there, check the “Auto-Play Videos on Wi-Fi Only” box. On iOS devices, head into the Settings app and open up Facebook’s settings. Under “Video,” switch the “Auto-Play on Wi-Fi Only” option on. Annoying, but not tough to do.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 1, 2014" by @ShellyPalmer