If you’ve recently found yourself using more and more data on your smartphone, the culprit may indeed turn out to be none other than everyone’s favorite social media app, Facebook. It’s never a good feeling when you look at that monthly bill and see that you’ve exceeded your monthly data allowance. (Obviously, if you’re lucky enough to have an unlimited data plan, this doesn’t affect you in the least – but, for those with data caps, it’s unfortunately all too common of an occurrence).

If you’ve spent much time at all on Facebook over the past couple of months, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that videos begin playing automatically now. If you can see the video, it starts playing. And, while that may be super convenient on some fronts, it’s causing a lot of people to use more data than before since videos use a ton of mobile data after a while. Researchers have decided that Facebook and their automatic videos are the most likely culprit.

Using More Data? Facebook May Be To Blame

Thankfully, there’s something you can do if Facebook is eating up all of your data plan. Whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you can go into the settings menu of each and make sure that “auto-play” is set to work only when connected to Wi-Fi. That should free up some data to be used elsewhere.

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SOURCE: Forbes