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How to Automatically Mute Yourself in Zoom Meetings

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Many of us have been working from home for months now, so you’d think we’d have all the kinks associated with remote work sorted out, right? Not so much. Zoom meetings can still be a noisy nightmare, especially when those meetings include a ton of people. So here’s a simple thing you can do right now to make every meeting you join better: Set yourself to auto-mute your mic when you join a meeting.

This all started when WIRED writer and reviewer Louryn Strampe rightfully called us all out on it:

And she’s right. If everyone does this, just once, every meeting you join will go by more smoothly. You and your coworkers will never have to hear the inevitable traffic noise, sirens, or side conversations filter through while the actual speaker is trying to talk, because everyone will already be muted unless they need to speak.

Plus, personally, you’ll never have to worry that your coworkers will hear you flush the toilet in the middle of a meeting. Best of all, it’s one single checkbox away.

One checkbox is all it takes to never be asked to mute yourself again.

Here’s how you do it: In the Zoom desktop app, click the settings wheel in the upper right corner of the app to access your account settings. Click Audio in the sidebar on the left, and check “Mute my microphone when joining a meeting.” If you know you can’t be trusted to unmute when you need to speak and then mute yourself again when you’re done, consider also checking “Press and hold SPACE key to temporarily unmute yourself,” which is kind of like push-to-talk. You can press the space bar to speak up, say what you need to say, and when you let go, you’ll be muted again.

If you’re usually the host of said noisy meetings, on the web, click here to go right to your account settings, and then toggle “Mute participants upon entry.” Then you can selectively unmute people if they need to talk or give people the ability to unmute themselves.

Doing this yourself is important and great, but this only works if everyone does it. Luckily, it only takes a moment, so there’s no excuse not to do it before your next meeting.

One checkbox is all it takes to make everyone's life–including yours–easier.

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#1 2020-03-18 21:28:41

Pulseaudio disabling auto-mute mode

I’m not sure how/why (or when it started) but pulseaudio is disabling auto-mute mode on my laptop. Normally when you plug in headphones, speakers get muted. However, every time PA starts up, it disables that auto-mute feature. (I then have to go into alsamixer and manually re-enable it.) Not a huge issue, but definitely a nuisance.

It’s definitely PA that’s responsible: if I enable auto-mute, then do “pulseaudio –kill”, the setting immediately gets disabled. I’ve followed the instructions at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pu … -Mute_Mode and https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ad … on_startup – i.e., change the setting to enabled, and then alsactl store. However, that’s obviously having no impact, since pulseaudio later *overrides* the alsa setting when it starts up.

Anyone else having similar issue? Or have any idea what the issue is / how to fix? (Or link to an open bug report?)

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