If you spent any time on Instagram over the weekend, you may have noticed a change: some videos now autoplay with the sound turned on.
If reading those words made you shutter, fret not. Instagram is being really smart about this to ensure that the app won't start blasting sound when you're, say, in a library, or sneakily browsing to pass the time in class or at work.
When you turn the sound on for one video, all others you subsequently browse past will autoplay with the sound enabled — but only until you close the app. The next time you open Instagram, all the videos you encounter in your feed will be muted until you enable the sound by tapping the speaker icon in the bottom left corner of a post. At any point, you can tap the speaker icon again to disable sound once you've turned it on.
Instagram did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment about this new autoplay behavior, but confirmed the change to TechCrunch.
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"So basically, Instagram still defaults to audio off when opened, but applies your last toggle on or off for the rest of your session," TechCrunch explained.
This should be a welcome change as it ensures the app won't start blaring at you without warning, but still lets you watch videos with sound when you want to, without having to tap the little speaker icon for each one.
Meanwhile, the change comes after Google last week announced that Chrome will soon block autoplay videos that have sound. The new policy is slated to go into effect this January as part of Chrome 64. Google will, however, assume you're interested in the media and the content will autoplay if you tap or click somewhere on the site during the browsing session, have added the site to the Home Screen of your mobile device, or have frequently played media on that site on your desktop in the past.