Twitter has revealed that video will now automatically play within its iOS app, potentially hitting data allowances if you don’t turn it off or modify it to only work over Wi–Fi.
The change means that any native videos, Vines or GIFs posted to the social network will start playing the second you see them.
On one hand, it’s an easy way to catch up with the latest happenings without having to tap your iPhone or iPad’s screen.
On the other, it could mean you use up your data easily if you don’t tinker around in the app’s settings. Which is where you’ll find the ability to revert to click–to–play or set things up so that clips only play automatically when you're connected to Wi–Fi.
Twitter also seems well aware of potential issues, so it’ll stop autoplay when you’re in a high cost data area or somewhere with low bandwidth.
Sound doesn’t automatically start, thankfully. You’ll need to tap the video in order to get audio.
The update to Twitter for iOS is rolling out now. An Android version will be out soon.
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