How to Mute and Unmute in Zoom App on Phone

Mehvish

Video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Hangouts, etc. are turning out to be more vital now than ever. You can participate in your meetings from any part of the world. Fortunately, those apps have taken care of little details in their apps. While too many people using it is absolutely great, it can get overwhelming. Thankfully, a majority of these apps offer a mute option. In this post, we shall tell you how to mute yourself and others on the Zoom mobile app on your phone.

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If the mute option wasn’t there, conducting virtual meetings and webinars wouldn’t be an easy job. Imagine voices and random sounds coming from everyone’s microphone at the same time. It would be a mess.

But, thankfully, you can mute and unmute people on Zoom calls on your Android and iPhone. Let’s see how to do that.

Note: The steps are the same for Android and iPhone, unless mentioned otherwise.

How to Mute Zoom Call Before Joining a Meeting From Phone

If you want to mute your audio right from the start, Zoom offers an option for that. Tap on the Join option in the Zoom app to join a meeting. Then, enable the toggle next to Don’t Connect To Audio. That will mute your audio in the meeting from the beginning.

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How to Always Keep Zoom Calls on Mute on Phone

In the above method, you need to tap on the disable audio option every time you join a meeting. What if every meeting you joined had your audio muted automatically? Sounds interesting? Check out the steps below to achieve the same.

Step 1: Launch the Zoom app on your Android or iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings option at the bottom. Tap on Meeting inside Settings.

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Step 3: Enable the toggle next to Always Mute My Microphone.

Note: You can unmute your audio in a meeting, as shown below.

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How to Mute and Unmute Yourself in Zoom Calls on Phone

Zoom has made it quite easy to mute and unmute yourself during a meeting. For that, tap on your screen to show the available options. Then, tap on Mute to disable your audio. When you do so, the button will turn red. Now, to unmute it, tap on the Unmute icon that has replaced Mute.

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How to Mute Others on Zoom Call

There are two ways to approach that – mute all participants and mute speaker audio.

1. Mute All Participants on Zoom Call

If you are a host of a Zoom meeting, you have the power to mute and unmute the participants while being on a call. You can either mute all the participants or choose the participants manually whom you want to mute.

To do so, follow these steps on Android and iPhone:

Step 1: Launch the Zoom app and create a meeting.

Step 2: Tap on the Participants tab at the bottom. You will be taken to the list of participants.

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Step 3: Tap on Mute all at the bottom. Doing so will mute everyone. In case, you want to unmute everyone, tap on Unmute All. Confirm on the next screen.

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Note: If you don’t want participants to unmute themselves, uncheck the 'Allow participants unmute themselves' option. Only after that you can unmute participants, and they cannot do it themselves.

If you want to mute or unmute a select people only, tap on the participant's name. Then, choose Mute or Unmute from the menu.

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Note: In case the participant has muted themselves, and you unmute them, they will get a notification telling them that the host wants to unmute them. Only when they give permission, they will be muted.

Alternatively, if you want to mute the participants from the beginning of the meeting itself, then tap on the three-dot icon at the bottom of the meeting screen and go to Meeting Settings.

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Enable Mute on Entry.

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Pro Tip: Find out how to mute whole WhatsApp notifications on Android and iPhone.

2. Disable Speaker During a Zoom Call

If you are a participant in a meeting, you don’t have the right to mute others. But, you can disable your speaker in the Zoom app to lower the incoming audio during a call. To hear the audio, you will need to take your phone near your ear.

To use this feature, tap on the speaker icon present at the top-left corner in a Zoom meeting. To disable it, tap on it again.

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Troubleshoot: Zoom Audio Not Working on Android and iPhone

If you are unable to hear others or if others are unable to hear you, follow these troubleshooting tips to resolve the issue.

Restart Phone

For starters, reboot your phone and then join the Zoom meeting again.

Enable Speaker

If you cannot hear others, make sure the speaker is enabled, as shown above. You should also increase the volume of your phone.

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Unmute Yourself

Sometimes, we accidentally mute ourselves. So, tap on the screen and hit the Unmute button. If you are unable to unmute yourself, maybe the host has muted you. Message them to unmute you.

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Allow Zoom to Access Your Video

For that, tap on the Join Audio option present at the bottom of the meeting screen. Then, let Zoom access your audio. On iPhone, you might get a notification asking you to give access to device audio when you join the meeting.

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Grant Microphone Permission

To do that on Android, go to your phone Settings > Apps. Tap on Zoom followed by Permissions. Grant the Microphone permission.

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Tip: Resetting app preferences may also come handy. Follow our guide to on how to reset app preferences on Android and what happens when you do that.

On iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone. Enable the toggle for Zoom.

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Note: You should also check if some other app is using your microphone.

Uninstall Zoom App

If the issue persists, try reinstalling the Zoom app. For that, first, uninstall Zoom from your phone. Then, install it again.

Go on a Mute Spree

As you have seen above, you can mute in a number of ways on the Zoom app. The procedure depends on what you want to mute. We hope you were able to mute yourself and others in the Zoom app successfully.

Next up: Not liking what Zoom has to offer? Check out 7 best alternatives for Zoom for video conferencing from the next link.


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Mehvish

Mehvish is a computer engineer by profession. Her love for Android made her develop the first app for Kashmir. Known as Dial Kashmir, she won the prestigious Nari Shakti award from the President of India for the same. She has been writing about technology for 3+ years and also has her own Wikipedia page.