Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have all experienced a backlash from users at some point about how they handle autoplaying videos. A lot of users are unhappy because autoplaying videos take up a lot of data, but the most vocal complaints are those videos that autoplay with sound.
Instagram is rolling out an update that acts as a compromise between silent autoplay and noisy autoplay. The update means that videos will still autoplay but the audio will always be muted until you un-mute them. If you tap a video to enable sound, all the autoplaying videos you encounter from that point forward will play with sound enabled.
When you change your mind and want to enjoy the silence, just tap a noisy video to silence it and all future videos will autoplay in silence.
It’s a simple toggle that makes it easy to take control of your video playback settings for individual Instagram sessions. It’s hard to imagine that the idea won’t be copied by all the other social networks soon.