How to Mute a Video on iPhone

Turn the sound off on your video clips

What to Know

  • Tap the video you want to mute in Photos, then tap Edit > speaker icon in the top left corner > Done to mute it.
  • Mute a video via iMovie by creating a project with the video, then tapping Audio > turn volume slider down > Done.
  • It can be helpful to remove irritating background sound on videos before uploading them. 

This article teaches you how to mute a video you have made on your iPhone. It looks at two methods, including using iOS' built-in Photos app and through the free app—iMovie.

How Do I Mute an Existing Video? 

Through iOS's Photos app, it's possible to mute an existing video so you can share it with others without the sound. Here's what you need to know.

It's possible to revert the video at any time to how it was before by following these steps then tapping the speaker to unmute it. 

  1. Tap Photos.

  2. Scroll down and tap Videos.

  3. Tap the video you wish to edit.

  4. Tap Edit.

    Steps required in Photos on iOS to edit a video.

    If you simply want to mute the video temporarily on your phone, tap the speaker icon underneath the video so you can watch it silently.

  5. Tap the speaker icon in the top left corner.

  6. Tap Done.

    Steps required in iOS Photos app to remove sound from a video.
  7. The video has now been muted. 

How Do I Remove Sound From an iPhone Video?

Another way to remove sound from an existing video on your iPhone is to use Apple's free iMovie app. Available from the App Store, it offers a quick and simple way to mute a video. Here's how to do it.

iMovie is a free download from the App Store. Other third-party apps are available, but this is the most inexpensive method to use.

  1. Open iMovie.

  2. Tap the plus icon.

  3. Tap Movie.

  4. Tap Media.

    Steps required in iMovie iOS app to find a video.
  5. Tap Video.

  6. Find and tap the video you want.

  7. Tap the checkbox.

    Steps required to select a movie in iMovie on iOS.
  8. Tap Create Movie.

  9. Tap the video clip.

  10. Tap Audio.

  11. Turn the volume slider down.

    Steps required in iMovie on iOS to remove sound from a video.
  12. Tap Done.

  13. Tap Share to save the newly edited video.

    It's possible to share directly with other users, email it, or save it through this option.

Why Would I Need to Remove Sound in a Video?

There are a few key reasons you may not want sound in a video you have created. Here's a brief look at the main reasons.

  • The sound is irritating. If there's a lot of background noise while recording a video, you might wish to remove it as it doesn't add anything to the existing recording.
  • Privacy. You've taken a video while someone is talking to you, and you don't want to share the conversation. Mute it via one of these methods to maintain your privacy.
  • To add a different soundtrack. Using iMovie, you can add other audio tracks to a recording, changing the tone of the video you have created. 
  • How do I mute a YouTube video on my iPhone?

    Press the Volume down button to turn the sound off when playing videos from the YouTube app for iPhone. Alternatively, open YouTube in a browser on your iPhone > expand the video to full-screen view > tap the screen > and select the Volume icon in the upper-right corner to mute the video.

  • How do I mute part of a video on an iPhone?

    Use iMovie to split and edit your video on your iPhone or iPad. Use the timeline to scroll to the spot in the movie you want to mute > tap Actions > Split. Tap the new clip and select the Actions button again > Detach > Audio > Mute.

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