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How to mute yourself in any video call app

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Since the start of the pandemic two years ago, video conferencing calls have been part of our daily work life – and they’re not going away.

The best part about working from home is that I can snack or sing my favorite song while attending a meeting. But I don’t need other people on the call to hear all this – and neither do you.

There are several ways to quickly mute yourself while using desktop video calling apps, including using keyboard shortcuts and handy apps. Let’s go.

Keyboard shortcuts

These shortcuts are handy when you want to quickly mute/unmute a call without having to find and click on the microphone icon.

Mac the Windows
Zoom Command(⌘)+Shift+A Alt+A
Google Meet Command + D CTRL+D
Microsoft Teams Command + Shift + M Ctrl+Shift+M
Loose groups Command + Shift + Space Ctrl+Shift+Space

apps

While these are the most common video calling apps, you might want an easy solution so you don’t have to remember these shortcuts when switching between services. There is an application for that.

If you are using Windows, you can install the free version from Microsoft PowerToys utility package that allows you to disable your microphone at any time.

By default you should use Windows+Shift+A keys to do this, but you can change the shortcut to any combination via the Settings menu under “Video Conferencing Mute”.

PowerToys allows you to easily customize shortcuts to turn on/off your microphone and camera in Windows.

If you’re using a Mac, there are plenty of options. I use a free app called MuteKey to quickly mute/unmute the mic from the top bar. The default shortcut is Shift + Command + Wbut you can change it at any time.

MuteKey app to mute your microphone on Mac.
MuteKey app to mute your microphone on Mac.

You can also use apps like Mutemymic (free) or Mutify ($4.99) for this task.

Now you can easily mute your mic and become the best desktop drummer on the planet. While you’re at it, you can also check out our guide to joining all Zoom calls silent by default.