How to Turn Off Sound On Instagram Stories

Instagram stories are a great way to pass the time if you’re browsing on your phone and can be an…

Instagram stories are a great way to pass the time if you’re browsing on your phone and can be an excellent way of keeping your followers updated if you manage a brand, business, or creator account.

But let’s be honest, the ever-changing audio clips and sounds that come from Instagram stories can be quite grating after a while – especially if you happen to be near someone else who’s scrolling.

In this article, we’re looking at how to turn sound off on Instagram stories, both as a creator before posting, and as a follower who’s simply viewing a series of storis for some light entertainment.

Why Remove Sound From Your Own Stories?

If you’ve ever taken a cute clip of your pet, or a short video from a local attraction, which had some annoying or embarrassing audio in the background, then you already know the answer to this.

Removing sound from stories is ideal if you want to share the footage itself but without the background noise.

How to Remove Sound From Your Own Stories

  1. From your profile page, click on the plus sign in the square along the top of the screen, and select ‘Create Story’
  2. Find the video footage you want to upload
  3. Along the top of the screen on the edit page, you will see a volume indicator / speaker icon. Click on it – this will automatically turn off the sound and completely mute your video clip

Once you post your story, you will now find that the sound is gone, and it is just the visual footage that followers will see.

Why Remove Sound When Watching Stories?

If you’re watching Instagram stories in public, then most consider is to be socially acceptable to keep unwanted noise and audio at a minimum. Unless you have headphones to hand, turning the sound down or off when scrolling through stories is the safest way of ensuring you aren’t suddenly blaring music or the background noise of a friend’s video to everyone around you.

Now, it’s important to note here that while Instagram reels have made the mute function super easy (a quick tap on the screen will switch the volume off completely!), Instagram stories are not as easy. If you want to remove the sound when watching stories, you need to manually switch the volume down to zero on your device, using the buttons on the sides of your smartphone or device.

If your device is in silent mode, then stories will usually play in mute mode – until you select the volume button. This automatically switches them out of silent mode.

And there you have it! A few quick hacks to help you watch, create, and enjoy Instagram stories in a quiet, socially acceptable manner. 

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