You might want to share a video with others, but the accompanying audio track is distracting or raises privacy concerns. Fortunately, there is a quick way to silence a video on the iPhone and iPad using photos. This is how.
To begin, launch the “Photos” app on your iPhone or iPad. Locate the video you want to silence in Photos and tap its thumbnail.
Tap “Edit” in the screen’s upper-right corner while the video is open.
When audio is turned on, a yellow speaker icon appears in the upper-left corner of the screen. Tap it to turn off the audio.
This is not a mute button like other speaker icons on iOS and iPad. Tap the yellow speaker to remove the audio track from the video file, resulting in a silent video when shared.
When the audio for the video is turned off, the speaker icon becomes grayed out with a diagonal strike mark through it.
To save your changes to the video, tap “Done.”
When you disable the audio on a specific video, you will notice a grayed-out speaker icon on the toolbar in Photos when you examine the video. This means that there is no audio in the video.
If the icon in this location looks like a crossed-out speaker, it could mean that your phone is turned off. Before sharing, reactivate the sound and ensure that the speaker icon is completely grayed out.
You can now share the video in any way you want, and no one will hear any sound when it plays.
How to Restore a Sound That You’ve Just Removed
The Photos app saves the original videos and photos that you edit, reversing your changes.
If you want to undo the removal of the sound from the video after sharing, open “Photos,” and you’ll want to inspect the tape. Tap on “Edit” in the upper-right corner of the phone screen, then “Revert.” The audio for that specific video will be repaired.