How to Remove Reels and Short Videos from Facebook

Ever since TikTok got banned in India and other countries, many social media apps tried to replace the reel feature to provide the audience with short videos and make their platforms more engaging. What could be a better example than Instagram and Facebook? While the creators appreciated Facebook’s effort to launch the reel feature, not everyone enjoys these short videos.

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There must have been many times when you are just caught completely off guard, and the short videos or Reels starts playing on Facebook. As soon as you click on a page, the videos start loading and before you know it you have spent hours scrolling through them.

This is because of the auto video feature and there can be some videos that catch your attention because of the interest, most of the time these are annoying!

Not just that, autoplay videos can also be harmful and expose people to unwanted and offensive content that one shouldn’t have seen by default.

Whether you were looking for a method to stop these videos on your social media account, or in search of a comprehensive fix, we have tips to help you with that!

Remember that you will have to make adjustments in the settings for each of the devices that you own. This is mainly because preferences that have been set on your phone can be different from those on your PC.

Some people do like the feature over Facebook, while others are completely against it. These videos can have annoying, disturbing, and inappropriate content as well.

Technically, it might not be possible to get rid of such features completely from the application setting since it has become part and feature of the app. However, there are some solutions and we are going to explore them right here!

In this post, iStaunch will show you a complete guide on how to remove reels and short videos from Facebook.

Sound’s good? Let’s get started.

How to Remove Reels and Short Videos from Facebook

1. Remove Reels from Facebook Settings

Go to Facebook Settings by clicking the three-line icon on the top. Then tap on the Reels option inside the Audience and Visibility section. Turn off the Reels toggle, it will remove and disable the Reels feature in Facebook. Restart the app, and the Reels video feature will be removed from the Facebook app.

Important Note: Turn on/off Reel toggle option is currently available for a limited number of users as Facebook wants to promote the Reel feature and push people into using it to compete with TikTok, YouTube Shorts, and other apps.

2. Turn Off Reels Autoplay

Getting rid of these unknown creators, blocking annoying reels and unwanted videos and short videos can become so critical sometimes. You can also try and get the older version of Facebook to stop all of this from happening in the first place.

You can switch off the autoplay to remove reels and short videos.

Here’s how you can:

  • Open the Facebook app on your phone.
  • Tap on the menu option at the top right corner.
  • Click on the Settings and Privacy.
  • Select the Media (Reels) option.
  • Next, tick the Never Autoplay Reels Videos.

That’s it, now reels and short videos never autoplay and it will be removed from your Facebook app.

3. Use Older Version of Facebook App

This method is pretty simple – all you have to do is uninstall the current version of Facebook and download the old version that doesn’t have the latest reels feature.

If you have not already updated Facebook, chances are you might not be getting the reels. If you don’t want them, avoid downloading or updating the latest version of the app from the play store.

However, if you have updated the app already, here is how you can uninstall the new version and replace it with a factory version of the app.

  • Open Play Store or App Store on your smartphone.
  • Search and find the Facebook, click on it.
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  • Next, tap on the Uninstall button.
remove reels and short videos from facebook
  • Uninstall this app? tap on Uninstall and app will be removed from your device.
remove reels and short videos from facebook

If Facebook came pre-installed on your device, you might not be able to uninstall it from your mobile. So, your only bet is to disable it.

Here’s how you can:

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • Scroll down and tap on the Apps.
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  • Find and open Facebook from the list of apps.
remove reels and short videos from facebook
  • Next, tap on the Disable button.
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  • Confirm again to disable the Facebook from your phone.
remove reels and short videos from facebook

Once you have uninstalled or disabled the current version of Facebook, you can download the old version of Facebook from a third-party site or install the factory version from your Settings tab only.

On most mobiles, you will see the option of installing the factory version of the app. If you are downloading the APK file of the app from a third-party site, you need to give your mobile permission to download the app from unknown sources.

Bottom Line:

The methods that we shared above need to be followed as per the device that you are using at the moment and settings will be required to change accordingly. Let us know how well the experience is without these short videos.

Since the time TikTok was banned in several countries, most of the apps jumped on the opportunity of replacing the video application. Facebook and Instagram became the most prominent and people use them almost every day.

However, if you were never on TikTok, chances are that you don’t like reels and short videos on Facebook either. The suggestions and guidelines that we mentioned in the article will help avoid such features for sure.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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