No matter how you feel about Instagram adding video, I think we can all agree that being greeted with a random sound every time you launch the app and a video starts playing without you doing a thing is very annoying.
As previously touched on when video capabilities in Instagram first launched, you can disable the "feature" (more like curse) of autoplay with just a few quick taps. I have to hand it to the Instagram team for even putting the option in the app.
- Launch Instagram and navigate to your profile page.
- From there, tap on the Settings gear (iOS) or the three dots (Android) in the top-right corner.
- Scroll down to the Preferences section, find the "Auto-Play Videos" option, and uncheck the box.
Congratulations, you're now free from hearing your friend's dog bark, a child cry, or a waiter reciting the night's specials every time you launch Instagram.
Henceforth, in order to play a video you'll need to tap on it and wait for it to load.