Disable Autoplaying Videos on LinkedIn and Reduce Your Carbon Emissions

Author: Sam Kirkbride - Technology Director

Date: 4 May 2023

Did you know that using the internet releases carbon emissions? The more you think about it, you’ll start to realise the different elements that release carbon.

Each time you load a page on a website, you use electricity to power or charge your device, electricity to power your WiFi, electricity to power the networks that transfer the website information to you, electricity to power the servers that host the website. Most of us are constantly connected in some way, unconsciously using data and electricity.

It’s difficult to quantify the actual carbon cost, but there are tools out there that will help work it out for you.

What does this have to do with LinkedIn?

It’s not just LinkedIn. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and any other website with autoplaying videos are also included in this.

You might not realise it, but autoplaying videos on these platforms are using your data and using electricity and therefore releasing carbon into the atmosphere.

How often do you watch every video that you see on LinkedIn? It’s quite likely that you won’t watch the majority of them. But just because you haven’t watched them, they are loaded and using data and electricity.

So with a few simple steps, you can disable autoplaying videos in LinkedIn and just watch and load the videos that you actually want to watch.

How to disable autoplaying videos on LinkedIn

1. Click on “Me” in the top right of the menu.

2. Click on Settings & Privacy under the Account section.

3. Click on Autoplay videos underneath the General preferences section.

4. Click the toggle to off.

That’s it! This is a very easy thing to do and helps you reduce carbon emissions ever so slightly, but every little bit helps!

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