During video conferences via Zoom, sometimes the video feeds of others become too noisy. Hosts can mute anyone's microphones to stop this. Whether someone has taken a step to silence a noisy parrot or is disruptive, here's how to muffle them.
At Zoom, only hosts can mute anyone in a conference. You can change the meeting host to delegate these privileges. If you mute everyone, their microphones are turned off, so you can't hear them. The video stream is not affected. Whether people can mute themselves depends on a setting the host chooses during the mute process.
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Mute Everything and Mute Everything on Zoom
The following instructions work on PC, Mac, web, and tablet versions of Zoom, although the interface elements may be in slightly different locations than the screenshots.
With Zoom open, if the toolbar at the bottom of the screen / window is not visible, bring it up by clicking on that area, tapping it or moving the mouse cursor. When it appears, click "Participants" or "Manage Participants".
In the list of participants, find the button "Mute all". Click or tap on it.
A confirmation window will appear stating that all current and new participants are muted. There is a check box with the option to 'Allow participants to mute themselves'. Check this if you want each conference participant to be able to unmute themselves. Then click or tap "Continue".
Now when you look at the list of participants, you will see a crossed out microphone icon next to everyone who is currently muted.
To unmute everyone at once, find the "Unmute All" button in the participant list and click or tap it.
After everyone has unmuted, Zoom confirms with a message somewhere on the screen that all participants are unmuted. everyone can hear in the conversation.