How to use TikTok’s mute feature

Alice Sjöberg
How to open TikTok on mute

Have you ever opened your TikTok app only to be startled by the sound from the first video? Worry not! TikTok has a feature that allows users to launch the app and have the videos instantly muted while still playing. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

You never know what to expect when you open the TikTok app. It might be a soothing ASMR video or it might be someone participating in a viral trend to a loud sound.

To prevent users from being startled by the audio, TikTok introduced a feature in 2023 that allows users to open the app on mute and then turn the volume back up when they want to.

This is a great feature for scrolling the platform with people sleeping around you, or just don’t want the people around you to know what you’re watching. But how do you use this new function? Here’s everything to know.


How to open TikTok on mute

If you want your TikTok to open with the videos on mute, here’s how you do it:

  1. Open TikTok
  2. Go to your profile
  3. Click the three lines on the top right corner
  4. Click on the “Settings and Privacy” button
  5. Scroll down to Content and Display and tap the Playback button
  6. Turn on the alternative that says “Open TikTok on Mute”

How to unmute TikTok

If you have turned on TikTok’s mute setting, just tap on the screen when you want a video to unmute.

If you’d like to learn more about how to use TikTok, you can take a look at our other guides here:

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