Muting and unmuting your mic in Teams

When you join a Teams meeting, you can choose to mute your mic to prevent any unwanted noise or unmute your mic to participate in the meeting.

There are a few different ways you can mute or unmute your mic in Teams.

Mute or unmute before a meeting

Before joining a meeting, you can turn your mic on or off by selecting the toggle next to Mic  Mute button on the right side of your screen.

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Mute or unmute during a meeting 

To turn on your mic during a meeting, select Mic  teams unmute icon in meeting controls at the upper-right area of your screen. To turn off your mic, select Mic  Mute button again to mute yourself.

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Use Ctrl+Spacebar to unmute

On the Teams desktop app, you can also choose to stay muted to avoid unwanted interruption or noise during a meeting and rapidly respond when called upon. To quickly unmute, hold down the keys Ctrl+Spacebar (Windows) and Option+Spacebar (Mac). Release keys to go back to muted state again.

How to enable:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy. Make sure Keyboard shortcut to unmute is toggled on.

  2. Join a call or a meeting. Mute yourself.

    1. On Windows, press and hold Ctrl+Spacebar. On Mac, press and hold Option+Spacebar. You'll see an alert regarding temporary unmute. Check to make sure you're unmuted.

    2. When you release the key combination, your mic will be muted again.

Note: Shortcuts in general—including Ctrl+Spacebar and Option+Spacebar to unmute—don't work when apps like PowerPoint Live or Whiteboard are shared in the meeting stage.

Want to learn more? See Meetings in Teams.

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