[Solved!] How to Mute TikTok: 3 Helpful Methods

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Few things are more embarrassing than opening TikTok unmuted in a public, quiet place, only to have your phone blast out inappropriate audio at full volume. Fortunately, you can avoid this scenario by learning how to mute TikTok automatically when opening the app. You can also use tools like Movavi Video Editor to remove the audio from clips, allowing you to share them without risking a copyright strike. 

Method 1: Adjust sound on TikTok

Can you mute TikTok? Sure! The developers at TikTok are aware that users often want to turn off sound when opening the app. They have created an in-app solution to this problem. In order to keep TikTok muted, you need only change one thing in your app settings:

  1. Open TikTok and navigate to your profile
  2. Tap on the three lines in the top right corner of the app. This will present you with multiple options. Select the Settings and Privacy option.
  3. In the app settings, scroll until you see the Content and Display section. Select the Playback option.
  4. Scroll until you see the Open TikTok on mute option. Turn it on.

Turning on the Open TikTok on mute option means that videos will have audio muted by default. In order to hear the audio of videos, you will need to either tap the audio button on the screen or use the volume controls on your device. Say goodbye to awkward audio playing out of your speakers when you least expect it, or having your music automatically paused by annoying TikTok sounds!

If you’re wondering how to mute someone on TikTok, this is one option. The only problem is that it will mute everyone, not just the specific account or video you want to have no sound. If you are trying to remove the audio from a particular video, then read on to discover two methods for achieving this.

Method 2: Use the TikTok built-in editor to turn off sound

Having videos muted when opening TikTok is one thing. However, when you download a video, you’ll still get the audio, even if you don’t want it. That can be problematic for several reasons. If you need to repost a video with copyrighted music, the audio could get your post removed for copyright infringement. You might also want to add your own audio to a video. Or perhaps you simply dislike the audio choices made by the creator of the video you are saving or sharing. Whatever your issue is with the audio of a TikTok, the developers have created a built-in tool that lets you get rid of it in a few simple steps.

  1. Open TikTok.
  2. If you haven’t downloaded the video that you want to edit, do this now. Find the video, click the Share button, and then select Save video. Note that creators are able to turn off this option if they don’t want people to download their videos.
  3. Upload your video to TikTok. Go to the new video page in the app. It’s the button with the plus in the middle of the toolbar at the bottom of the app. Click on the Upload option, which should be in the bottom right corner of your screen, next to the camera shutter button. Find the video you want to upload in your device’s folder, and select it. You can select multiple videos if you wish.
  4. Once your video has been uploaded, you should be presented with a number of editing options. In the bottom left corner of your device’s screen, you should see a pair of music notes denoting the Sounds option. Select that.
  5. Opening the Sounds editor will let you add audio to your video. First, you need to remove the original sound. Tap on the Volume option, which should be on the right side of the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
  6. Drag the Original sound slider to zero. This should mute the original audio of the video.
  7. If you wish to add your own audio, do that now. Make sure you have the Added sound slider set to a sufficiently high value. If it’s too low, no one will be able to hear your new sounds! 

Method 3: Use Movavi Video Editor to mute audio

TikTok might allow you to perform basic audio editing in the app, but the tools are relatively limited. For more complete control over your creations, try a video editing application like Movavi Video Editor.

Over 70 million people from more than 190 countries have downloaded Movavi Video Editor. It’s a free-to-download video editing software that offers over 6,000 effects and a full suite of powerful editing tools. You can stabilize shaky footage, add titles and text, overlay filters or perform color correction, and much more. New AI features help you edit more efficiently than ever before, and are particularly useful for people new to video editing. The AI can remove the background of videos, track motion for advanced special effects, and even remove noises.

Noise removal isn’t the only audio edit available in Movavi Video Editor. The app allows you to add and fine-tune multiple sounds, including from a built-in music library. You can import a video, remove the original sound, add, edit, and perfect your own audio, and then export your masterpiece directly to TikTok. 

That might sound complicated, but it’s really not. With just a few basic steps, you’ll be editing audio like a professional and saving time by exporting directly to TikTok, avoiding the whole in-app upload process.

  1. Download the installation file of Movavi Video Editor. Versions are available for both Windows and Mac devices. Open the installation file and finish the installation by following the on-screen instructions.
  2. Import the video you wish to edit into the app. You can do this by dragging and dropping the video into the app from your folder.
  3. To mute or remove the original sound, double-click the audio track. Next, uncheck the Volume checkbox. You can use the editing tools to remove certain parts of the original audio track or simply mute or delete the entire track.
  4. Add your own sound(s). Now’s the time to get creative. Movavi Video Editor comes with an extensive library of music and sound effects. You can also import other audio files, such as music you’ve downloaded or audio tracks you recorded separately.
  5. Once you’re happy with your creation, click on the Export button. Next, click on Upload online. The button should look like three dots connected with lines in a “<” shape. Click the TikTok option, which is identifiable by the TikTok logo. You’ll be prompted to log into your TikTok account. Once you’ve done that, you can upload your video directly from Movavi Video Editor to your TikTok page. Simple!


So, can you mute TikTok? Yes! As you now know, you can not only ensure TikTok is muted by default, you can remove the audio from TikTok videos either in the app or with a video editor like Movavi Video Editor.

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