How can one mute Zoom on iPad? Turning down the volume doesn't work. I don't mean muting the microphone but muting the other interlocutors.

I am an attendee. I just want to mute the others for myself, but I still want them to hear each other.

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  • Are you the host of the meeting or just an attendee?
    – fsb
    May 28, 2020 at 20:53
  • @fsb I am an attendee. I just want to mute the others for myself, but I still want them to hear each other. May 28, 2020 at 20:54
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    You can leave the audio session. This will disconnect the sound from your device entirely. I don't know exactly where the button is on mobile, but it'll be in the Zoom interface.
    – Ezekiel
    May 28, 2020 at 21:32
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    @user3439894 thanks, I also want to mute the others for myself, (and I still want them to hear each other). May 29, 2020 at 18:10
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    @user3439894 "you'll probably have to mute your system's output volume" -> doesn't work, that's the issue. May 29, 2020 at 18:25

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This seems to be done on purpose. However, it is possible to use a workaround:

  1. Tap on More in the top right corner.
  2. Select the option "Disconnect Audio" which is written in red.

To re-establish the connection, tap the icon in the upper right area on the far left named Join Audio.

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    Thanks. Any idea why they would do this on purpose? Jun 2, 2020 at 14:34
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    @FranckDernoncourt I was wondering the same. My guess is, that during development they didn't think of video calls with a great number of participants as we have them now during the pandemic and in which you may decide to do something else while not leaving the call. Instead they probably wanted people to be responsive even when having the app in the background.
    – hlzl
    Jun 2, 2020 at 14:41
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    Zoom iOS app is very hostile to the native experience. Since they don't use system API/SDK correctly for sound processing, all sorts of accommodations / accessibility / flexibility are broken. Airplay won't work if the host disables these when they set up the meeting. Other functions will just not work until the app adopts the correct API to enable the features that are possible.
    – bmike
    Jun 2, 2020 at 14:45
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    Why is it even possible to do this? I'd like my iPad to have more control over the output volume than any individual app.
    – LSpice
    Apr 1, 2021 at 20:37

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