How to Turn off Facebook Sounds to Have the Best Social Media Experience

Love it or hate it, social media is one of the leading ways to stay in touch with friends and family. But it seems like Facebook and other social media companies keep implementing new app changes that are in no way improvements.

For instance, Facebook’s iPhone and Android apps have become absurdly noisy. Luckily, there is a simple way to learn how to turn off FB sounds.


Table of Contents

  1. Disable In-App Sounds
  2. Switch Off Video Auto-Play
  3. Why is Facebook Making So Much Noise?
  4. How Do I Activate Sounds on Facebook?

Turn off Facebook Sounds Once and For All

Turn off Facebook Sounds

There are so many random noises in the 2021 version of the Facebook app that it feels like some kind of prank by the developers. There are sounds for post notifications, refreshing the news feed, and other random events like a person typing in the messenger. The best (or worst, really) is the loud auto-playing videos throughout the feed.

Shut Off App Sounds on Facebook for iPhone

When it comes to silencing the carnival of noises on Facebook, there is a straightforward way to adjust settings to get the job done.

For the iPhone, this adjustment can be made in only five steps. 

  1. With the app open, locate and select the three lines on the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Look through the options and find ‘Privacy & Settings.’
  3. Tap to drop-down the list, then select ‘Settings.’
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Sounds’ option. Click it.
  5. Find ‘In-App Sounds’ and toggle the button to ‘off.’

Shut Off App Noises on Facebook for Android

Though it doesn’t make any sense, silence the Facebook app on the Android operating system is not the same as IOS.

  1. With Facebook open, tap on the three lines located at the top of the screen.
  2. Search for ‘Privacy & Settings.’
  3. Select it, then tap on ‘Settings.’
  4. Locate the ‘Media and Contacts’ option and press it.
  5. Locate the ‘sounds in the app’ setting and press the button to switch it off.

Disable Sound on Facebook Videos and Scroll the News Feed in Peace

Disable Sound on Facebook Videos

The standard noises on devices using the app are annoying enough as is. Add in loud, auto-play videos, and Facebook has users running for Twitter and other social media out of frustration.

That’s right; the newest versions of the app have somehow managed to become even louder. While older versions of the iPhone and Android apps required users to tap on videos for sound, the 2021 edition of Facebook is all about blaring as much noise as possible at all times.

Mercifully, it isn’t too difficult to disable auto-play on Facebook videos.

Disable Video Sounds on Facebook for IOS

To deactivate auto-playing videos on iPhone, users must be logged into their accounts and on the home screen.

From there, the process as follows:

  1. Locate the three lines on the bottom right of the screen and tap them.
  2. Scroll to ‘Settings’ and select it.
  3. From there, choose the account settings button.
  4. Tap ‘Sounds.’
  5. Switch the button to ‘off’ for “Videos in News Feed Start with Sound.”

Disable Video Auto-Play on Facebook for Android

Surprisingly, turning off sounds in Facebook app for Android is even simpler than the IOS  2021 version. Start by opening Facebook and ensuring it is logged in.

Once on the home screen, follow these four steps:

  1. Find and tap the three lines on the top, right corner of the screen.
  2. Find and select “App Settings.”
  3. Locate the option that reads, “Videos in News Feed Start with Sound.”
  4. Toggle the switch to ‘off.’

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Facebook Making So Much Noise?

With the popularity of social media endlessly on the rise, companies like Facebook are constantly looking for ways to keep their audience’s attention. Though there are a lot of methods available to these developers, Facebook seems to be focusing on audio-haptic feedback, which isn’t the best policy.

Audio-haptic is a mix of stimuli that includes both audio and touch. An example is hearing a jingle when a message appears in conjunction with a pulse or vibration.

How Do I Activate Sounds on Facebook?

The 2021 version of Facebook typically has sound settings automatically enabled, which is why so many people want to turn off Facebook sounds. However, users who aren’t hearing any noises can resolve the issue through the Privacy and Settings menu.

Here are the easy steps:

  1. Finding the three-lined menu button either on the bottom or top-right of the screen.
  2. Scroll to ‘Privacy & Settings.” Select it and tap on ‘Settings.’
  3. Search for the ‘Sounds’ menu (IOS) or ‘Media and Contacts’ menu (Android).
  4. Find the ‘Sounds in App’ option and toggle the switch to ‘on.’

Get Back to Enjoying Social Media

Social media can be a great way to learn new information and stay in touch with old friends. If users follow the platform’s policy standards and adjust their privacy settings, it can be a safe and fun way to waste some time. However, Facebook’s absurd circus of sounds can make using the platform a bit of a headache. Knowing how to quiet down the app is the best step to customizing it to be a much more enjoyable digital tool.

Do you think the Facebook app is way too noisy? What are your best tips for making Facebook better? Let us know in the comments below.

Published: February 24, 2021Updated: February 25, 2021

Megan Green

Megan Green

Megan is a writer who works at the junctures of science and stories. Previously, she has been the editor of a fashion magazine, an educator, mom, and a baker. She is keen on working with brands and lifestyle products, and outdoor tasks. Megan is outgoing, optimistic and has a great personality. She delivers top-notch content with a unique view on usual things.


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