How to Block Sounds on TikTok? Is it Hard to Do?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Block Sounds on TikTok? Is it Hard to Do?

Listening to the same TikTok sounds on every video eventually becomes tiring, so I completely understand if you want to block them.

Here, let me give a helping hand and teach you how to block those TikTok sounds:

  1. Find a video with a sound you don’t like
  2. Long tap on the video
  3. Select “Not interested

Yup, and that’s it… The TikTok algorithm will try not to show you these types of videos anymore. There’s also an easier way to “block” certain sounds on TikTok.

Just lower the volume on your mobile device. Sadly, you can’t mute TikTok videos or lower the in-app TikTok sounds. There are no such options.

Need a more detailed guide on how to block sounds on the app (and some other interesting info)? Read below!

How to Block Sounds on TikTok?

How Can You Block Sounds on TikTok?

There are only three ways you can block sounds on TikTok:

  1. Use the “Not interested” option on a video
  2. Lower your mobile device volume
  3. Pause the video

I’ll include a step-by-step guide for each of these solutions, so read below if you want to see how to block the sounds on TikTok.

Some users have said that the “Not interested” option doesn’t work most times, which is why I’ve included other solutions here.

Use the “Not interested” Option on a Video

This one is very simple. Find a video with a sound you don’t like, a long tap on the video, and a menu will pop up.

Hold-tap on the video
Hold-tap on the video

First, long-tap on the video (anywhere on the screen) to open a pop-up menu.

Tap on the “Not interested” option to tell the TikTok algorithm that you don’t like this type of sound (see below).

Select "Not Interested"
Select “Not Interested”

The algorithm will try not to show you these types of videos again. But you may have to keep doing this for several such videos before they become less common.

The effect is not immediate, and you might not see any difference at first. But do this for 5-7 videos with a certain sound, and the algorithm will understand.

Lower Your Mobile Device Volume

You can always lower your mobile device volume if you don’t like a particular sound from TikTok.

Use the side buttons on your mobile device. They’re either on your mobile device’s right or left side, depending on your device.

Hold down the lower volume button to lower the volume. You can also do this from the settings, but it’s a bit more complicated.

Lower the phone volume
Lower the phone volume

There should be a “Sounds” option in your mobile phone settings. That’s where you can lower the volume across all your apps.

Tap on "Sounds & vibration"
Tap on “Sounds & vibration”

The “Sound & vibration” option (in my case) is where you can control the sound settings across apps. Select it.

Change the volume settings on your phone
Change the volume settings on your phone

Once you get to the “Sounds” page, just look for the options that control sounds for different activities (app sounds, music, games, calls, alarms, etc).

Remember that this not only lowers the volume on TikTok but on every other app on your phone. You’ll need to readjust it later on if you’re not using TikTok anymore.

Pause the TikTok Video

Another way of blocking a sound on TikTok is to pause the video. Tap on a video to pause it, and then tap again if you want to unpause it.

This will help you block a sound temporarily, though. You’ll still come across the same videos with the same sounds on TikTok.

Pausing the video won’t help you eliminate certain sounds from your preferences on TikTok. The algorithm won’t be changing your preferences on TikTok.


To summarize, you can’t block sounds on TikTok unless you lower your mobile device volume or you use the “Not interested” option on a video.

You can also pause a TikTok video to stop the music or sounds. But that’s a temporary solution.

The TikTok algorithm may take a few tries to block certain videos for you, but it’s worth a shot. As I said, there’s no way to mute in-app sounds on TikTok.

Videos also can’t be muted because TikTok didn’t implement such a feature. Which is insane to think about…

Either way, let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or suggestions!

Why can’t TikTok videos be muted?

That’s because TikTok doesn’t want you to mute videos. It would “destroy” your experience on TikTok.

Think of it this way – what can you do on TikTok? You can watch videos and read the comments. But the only type of content on TikTok is videos.

And there aren’t many videos without sound on TikTok. If you took out the sounds from videos, why would you even use TikTok?

That’s why the devs didn’t create a “mute” button.

But you don’t have to mute videos to stop the sounds. You can just as well pause them. That will stop the sounds too!

Why do I hear the same sounds on TikTok?

That’s because the TikTok algorithm learns from your behavior on the app. It observes what types of videos you watch and recommends similar ones.

So, if you watch many videos with the same sound, TikTok will keep recommending those types of videos.

If you want to stop seeing a certain type of video, then you need to select the “Not interested” option on a video.

The algorithm will then understand that you don’t want to keep seeing the same videos or hearing the same sounds.

So, it’ll stop recommending that type of video to you.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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