Muting your microphone when joining a meeting

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As a meeting participant, you can can choose to mute your microphone by default when joining a meeting by enabling Mute my microphone when joining a meeting. Once this setting is enabled, your microphone is automatically disabled/muted upon joining each meeting, and you must manually enable audio to unmute. This setting is useful for participants who are in loud environments or participants who join a meeting late. This setting can prevent disruptions and noise in a meeting. 

Prerequisites for automatically muting your microphone when joining meetings

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.0.0 or higher
    • macOS: 5.0.0 or higher
    • Linux: 5.0.0 or higher
  • Zoom mobile app
    • Android: 5.0.0 or higher
    • iOS: 5.0.0 or higher

How to enable Mute my microphone when joining a meeting

Disable audio by default

To enable Mute my microphone when joining a meeting:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click your profile picture, then click Settings.
  3. Click Audio audio-button.png.
  4. Select the Mute my microphone when joining a meeting check box.

Disable video or audio by default when joining a meeting

You can also disable audio or video before joining a meeting by toggling the following options after clicking Join

To disable audio or video before joining a meeting:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client and join a meeting.
  2. Select the Do not connect to audio check box.
  3. (Optional) Select the Turn off my video check box if you want to disable your video.
  4. Click Join.

Disable audio by default

To enable Always Mute My Microphone (Android) or Mute My Microphone (iOS):

  1. Sign in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap Settings settings-button.png
  3. Tap Meetings.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Always Mute My Microphone (Android) or Mute My Microphone (iOS).

Disable video or audio by default when joining a meeting 

You can also disable audio or video before joining a meeting by toggling the following options after clicking Join.

To disable audio or video before joining a meeting:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom mobile app and join a meeting.
  2. Under Join Options, tap the Don't Connect To Audio toggle.
  3. (Optional) Tap the Turn Off My Video toggle to disable your video.
  4. Tap Join.

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