Plenty of new features are available for iPad users with the release of iPadOS. This includes improved text formatting in the Mail app and per-site settings for Safari. One more feature that hits the Photos app on iPad is the auto-playing of live photos and videos.
What does this mean exactly? Well, as you scroll through photos and videos on the Photos tab, your live photos and videos will start playing automatically. Apple believes this will bring “your photo library to life.”
While this may be true, the feature isn’t for everyone. If you’re on the hunt for a specific photo or video, having these automatically play might be distracting. If you fall into this group, then we’re here to help. Here’s how to disable the auto-play feature for videos and live photos on iPadOS.
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Disable auto-play for videos and photos on iPadOS
Once you update to iPadOS, this is one of those features that will be enabled by default. So, be sure to check it out just in case you decide that you like it.
If it still doesn’t do it for you, you can disable it in just a few steps.
- Open the Settings on your iPad.
- Scroll to and select Photos.
- Under Photos Tab, turn off the toggle for Auto-Play Videos and Live Photos.
That’s it! When you head back to the Photos tab in the Photos app and scroll through, you should no longer see your vidoes and photos come to life.
And since the setting is only a few taps away, you can always enable it again later if you want to give it another try.
Auto-play isn’t for everyone
This is a nice feature if you happen to just be browsing through the Photos tab. It could be a cool way to enjoy reminiscing. But thankfully Apple has made it easy to disable if you don’t like it.
What are your thoughts on the auto-play feature? Do you think it will be cool and convenient or distracting and annoying? Let us know in the comments below and remember you can also message us on Twitter or Facebook.
Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a project manager, department manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time. Sandy holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.
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