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How To Mute Zoom? Easy Steps for Any Device

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How To Mute Zoom

When you’re in a Zoom meeting and don’t want any background noise to disturb others, it’s important to know how to mute your microphone. This is really helpful for keeping meetings quiet and focused, especially when you’re just listening.

How to Mute Yourself on a Zoom Call?

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To mute yourself on Zoom, click the mic icon or use Alt+A on PC, and Cmd+Shift+A on Mac.

How do I know if I’m muted on Zoom?

You can tell if you’re muted on Zoom by looking at the microphone icon. If it has a red line through it, you’re muted. If not, your mic is active.

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What is the shortcut for mute on Zoom?

The shortcut to mute on Zoom is Alt+A for PC and Cmd+Shift+A for Mac.

How To Automatically Mute Zoom Audio Yourself Before The Meeting Starts

Zoom Audio settings

From the Zoom App, Click on Profile > Settings

Mute mic when joining a zoom call settings

Select the Audio tab from settings and scroll down until you find “Mute my mic when joining“.

If you want to mute yourself during a Zoom meeting before it starts, here is how you can do so:

  1. First, you must open up the Zoom client on your desktop. If you are not already logged into your account, do so now.
  2. Once you have successfully logged into your account, click on the icon in the top right-hand corner of the app. If you have one, this icon will display your profile picture and open up a dropdown menu bar when you click on it.
  3. On the dropdown menu, select the Settings option. This will open up the Settings tab.
  4. Once you have opened the Settings tab, look through the options on the left side of the screen to find the Audio option. Click on it, and the Audio pop up menu will open up.
  5. Scroll down, and you will find an option that reads, ‘Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting’. If this option has already been selected, click on the small square next to the sentence to disable this option.
  6. When you join your next Zoom meeting, you will automatically be muted.

Alternatively, you will be given the option to mute your microphone while joining a Zoom meeting.

Once you have clicked the link to join, you should be given a handful of options, including ‘Turn off my video’ and ‘Do not connect to audio’.

If you click on the small square next to ‘Do not connect to audio, ‘ you will be automatically muted before the meeting starts.

Muting Yourself During A Zoom Meeting

Muting Yourself During A Meeting

If you have already joined a meeting and you forgot to click on the ‘Do not connect to audio’ option, here is how you can mute yourself manually during the meeting:

  1. Once you have joined the meeting, look at the options towards the lower part of the screen. Find the Microphone icon.
  2. If you are already muted, you will notice that the Microphone icon will have a diagonal strike through it, with the word ‘Unmute’ next to it. This means that no one in the meeting can hear you or your surroundings, and you won’t have to take any further action.
  3. If the Microphone icon does not have a strike through it, and it has the word ‘Mute’ next to it, your audio settings have not been muted. This means other participants in the meeting can hear you and your surroundings.
  4. Simply click on the Microphone icon, and you will be muted. Alternatively, if you are already muted, you can click the icon again to unmute yourself.

Can You Mute the Audio Of Others On Zoom?

How To Mute Zoom?

If you are hosting the Zoom meeting yourself, you will not only have the option to mute yourself but also be able to mute participants.

The ability to mute individual participants is particularly helpful if a member of the call is being quite noisy while you, or someone else, is trying to communicate.

Here is how you, as the Host, can mute another participant of the call:

  1. Open up the Zoom application, and start your meeting. If you have sent the joining code to everyone else, your participants should already be part of the call.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, you should see the Participants window option. Click on it, and scroll through the names of each participant.
  3. Locate the name of the participant that is being noisy, and hover over their name. You will then be given the option to mute them.
  4. Once you have selected this option, the noisy participant will be silenced.

It is also helpful and comforting to know that if you mute yourself during a Zoom call, the Host will not be able to unmute you without your consent.

However, if they mute you, they will have the ability to unmute you at any time.

So, if the host has muted you, it would be wise during this time to avoid making any comments that you wouldn’t want anyone else to hear.

The Host could unmute you anytime, and you may not even notice it happening.

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Final Thoughts

Muting yourself as a participant in a Zoom call is so incredibly easy to do.

You can either set it up so that you are automatically muted before you join any call or quickly mute yourself with a swift click of an icon.

Additionally, if you are hosting a meeting, you can mute any noisy participants with a simple button.

Matt Brook

With a background in Journalism and years of experience in the industry, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge to the WiredClip team.

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