How to Mute and Block Certain Sounds in TikTok Videos

TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms, with over 1 billion monthly active users. A key part of TikTok’s appeal is its sounds – short music clips, audio effects, or voice recordings that creators use in their videos. However, sometimes a particular sound can get very repetitive or annoying if it starts trending. Fortunately, TikTok offers some ways to mute or block certain sounds so you don’t have to listen to them.

Muting Sounds in Individual Videos

If you come across a video that has an annoying sound, you can easily mute it by following these steps:

  • Tap and hold on the video to bring up the options menu
  • Tap the volume icon in the bottom right corner
  • Drag the slider all the way to the left to mute the video

This will mute that individual video so you don’t have to listen to that sound. You can also use this method to adjust the volume of a video if the sound is too loud.

Blocking Videos with Certain Sounds

While you can mute videos individually, you may want to block entire sounds so that fewer videos with those sounds appear in your feed. Here is how to block videos with certain sounds on TikTok:

On the Mobile App

  • Tap and hold on a video with the sound you want to block
  • Tap “Not Interested” on the pop-up menu
  • Tap “More” next to the heart icon
  • Select “Hide videos with this sound”

TikTok will then show you fewer videos using that sound in your For You feed.

On the Desktop Website

  • Click the share icon (arrow pointing outward) on the video
  • Click “Not Interested”
  • Select “I don’t like this sound”

This signals to TikTok that you don’t enjoy that sound.

While this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never hear the sound again, especially if it’s very popular, it will reduce videos with that sound in your feed. You can repeat this every time you come across a video with the unwanted sound to continually improve your recommendations.

Adjusting Sound Settings

In addition to muting sounds on individual videos and blocking certain sounds, you can also adjust some sound settings on TikTok:

Open TikTok on Mute

To have videos muted automatically when you open the app:

  • Go to your profile tab
  • Tap the 3-dot menu icon
  • Select “Settings and privacy”
  • Tap “Content and display”
  • Select “Playback”
  • Toggle on “Open TikTok on mute”

This will prevent sounds from playing right away when you open TikTok, so you don’t get startled by loud videos. You can then tap on videos to unmute them.

Disable Video Autoplay

To prevent videos from automatically playing sound when you scroll through your feed:

  • Go to your profile tab
  • Tap the 3-dot menu icon
  • Select “Settings and privacy”
  • Tap “Content and display”
  • Toggle off “Autoplay videos”

You will then have to manually tap on each video to get it to play instead of autoplaying videos as you scroll.

Using Third-Party Editing Apps

TikTok has decent built-in editing tools, but you can get more advanced options with third-party video editing apps. Some popular options include:

  • CapCut: TikTok’s own advanced editing app with additional effects, transitions, and audio tools specifically designed for short videos
  • InShot: Powerful mobile editing app to trim, rearrange, and resize clips
  • VivaVideo: Full-featured editing suite with professional effects and audio tools

These apps allow you to completely customize sounds by adjusting audio levels, adding voiceovers, or even removing sounds entirely. So if you want more control over audio, third-party video editors are the way to go.


Dealing with annoying sounds on TikTok can be frustrating. But by muting videos individually, blocking certain sounds from your feed, adjusting sound settings, and using third-party editing apps, you can gain more control over the audio experience on TikTok. This allows you to avoid sounds you don’t enjoy so you can focus on the fun viral videos that make TikTok so popular.