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How To Mute YouTube Video Step By Step On Desktop Or Mobile
July 26th, 2023 by Terri Pinyerd

Muting a YouTube Video on Desktop


To mute YouTube videos from the desktop site, follow the steps below.


  1. Open the video of your choice

  2. Click the speaker icon on the bottom left of the video player. The icon should now have a slash through it, indicating that it's muted.


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Press 'm' on your keyboard to mute or unmute a video instantly.


Muting a YouTube Video on Mobile Devices


how to mute a youtube video in the app


If you watch YouTube videos from the YouTube app, there is no way to mute the video specifically within the app. However, you can still mute videos using one of the two options below.


From The YouTube App (iOs and Android)


  1. Open the video of your choice

  2. Manually turn down the volume via your phone settings


From Your Mobile Browser


  • Open your phone's mobile browser and visit YouTube.
  • Click the three stacked lines on the top right corner.
  • Click Site Settings
  • Scroll down and tap Sound
  • Toggle off


This will mute all content on YouTube while browsing via the mobile browser until you turn the sound back on using the same steps above.


Troubleshooting Common Issues


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While it's straightforward to mute YouTube on iPhone or a YouTube video online, there are a few common issues that a muted video might experience. You can follow the troubleshooting steps for each issue below.


What To Do If The Mute Button Doesn't Work


If the speaker icon isn't working (and the 'm' keyboard shortcut isn't responding), refresh your page or close and reopen the YouTube app.


If the problem persists, check your app for updates or reinstall it entirely. If you're on desktop, run your browser in troubleshooting or incognito mode to check if any browser extensions are interfering with your experience.


How to Address Volume Inconsistency Across Videos


Unfortunately, the volume can vary from video to video. There's no fix for this yet, other than manually adjusting the volume for each video.


How To Turn On Captions Or Subtitles


how to turn on captions on youtube app


When you watch a mute YouTube video, captions are a must-have. Here's how you can turn on captions or subtitles to an uploaded YouTube video clip:


  1. Open the mute video of your choice.

  2. Click on the CC button to the right of the gear icon on the lower right of the video player.

  3. Choose your preferred language.


NOTE: Not every language is available for certain video clips.

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