How To Mute Audience In Microsoft Teams

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In this article, I will lead you through the necessary actions to mute the audience in Microsoft Teams. As someone who often utilizes Teams for virtual presentations and meetings, I recognize the significance of upholding a disturbance-free atmosphere. Silencing the audience can aid in ensuring that all can concentrate on the speaker and reduce any distracting background sounds. Let’s begin!

Step 1: Accessing the Meeting Controls

When you are in a Microsoft Teams meeting, you will find the meeting controls at the bottom of the screen. These controls include options for audio, video, and more. To mute the audience, click on the audio control.

Step 2: Muting All Participants

Once you click on the audio control, a menu will open with various options. To mute all participants in the meeting, select the “Mute All” option. This will silence everyone except for the presenter.

Step 3: Controlling Individual Participant’s Audio

While muting all participants can be useful in certain situations, there may be times when you want to mute specific individuals. To mute an individual participant, hover over their name in the participant list and click on the ellipsis (…) icon that appears. From the menu that opens, select “Mute.”

Step 4: Allowing Participants to Unmute Themselves

If you want to give participants the option to unmute themselves, you can enable the “Allow Attendees to Unmute” setting. This can be useful in situations where you want to encourage active participation. To do this, click on the “Meeting Options” button, which can be found on the meeting control bar. In the meeting options window, navigate to the “Allow Attendees to Unmute” setting and toggle it on.

It is important to note that as the meeting organizer or presenter, you will always have the ability to mute participants even if the “Allow Attendees to Unmute” setting is enabled.


Muting the audience in Microsoft Teams is a valuable feature that helps create a more focused and productive virtual meeting environment. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily mute all participants or control individual audio settings. Remember to use this feature responsibly and consider the specific needs of your meeting or presentation. Happy muting!