How to Disable Autoplay Videos in Telegram Desktop App

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Telegram received a new update recently, which changed the application to v5.4. This brings several new quality of life features, including automatic video playback, automatic download control and alternative disconnect options.

Similar to Facebook, Instagram and so on, Telegram 5.4 adds automatic video playback to your chats. It starts without sound and gives you the ability to turn off sound at will by pressing either the video icon or the volume buttons on your phone. If you prefer to completely disable the autoplay feature, there is an option in the settings.

Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and VoIP service. Telegram Client Apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, MacOS and Linux. Users can send messages and share photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of all kinds.

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Disable automatic video playback in Telegram Desktop

  1. Click on the menu button and then on Settings
  2. Select “Advanced”.
  3. This screen has a section “Automatic media download” with 3 options “In private chats, in groups, in channels”.
  4. Click on the first option (Private Chats) and on the next screen, uncheck the buttons next to Videos and Video Message Rounds.
  5. Click the Save button.

Once you have done this, the videos will no longer automatically download or play back. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for groups and channels according to your needs, i.e. if you want to disable automatic video playback completely.


This is a time of change for online video auto-play, as users look for the best ways to ensure that the Internet experience is not interrupted. They haven’t found the right balance yet, as we still have to dig under their hood to block intrusive video content, but at least the option is there, and in the long run this is something the browser giants are working on.

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