Have you ever tried to watch a video on Reddit only to see an error message saying "This video doesn‘t have sound"? It can be frustrating when you want to hear the audio in a video but Reddit has muted it.
In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll explain exactly why Reddit mutes certain videos and how you can unmute them to get the sound working again. Whether you‘re using an iPhone, Android, desktop or the official Reddit app, I‘ve got you covered.
By the end of this guide, you‘ll know:
- Why Reddit automatically mutes some videos
- How to enable NSFW content on desktop to access muted videos
- The best Reddit apps to unmute videos – Apollo or Sync
- Step-by-step instructions to unmute muted videos
- Troubleshooting tips for when Reddit sound isn‘t working
Let‘s dive in!
Why Reddit Mutes Some Videos
Reddit automatically mutes any videos that are marked "NSFW" (not safe for work). Even if the original video contains audio, Reddit will strip the sound and mute NSFW videos.
This "censoring" of adult content applies to both the desktop site and the Reddit mobile apps. Reddit wants to prevent unsuspecting users from accidentally hearing explicit audio in public or at work.
So if you tap on the speaker icon but still get the "This video doesn‘t have sound" error, it‘s because Reddit has preemptively muted it.
The good news is you can unmute these videos by changing a quick setting on desktop and downloading a third-party Reddit app.
Step 1: Enable NSFW Content on Desktop Reddit
Before you can access and unmute NSFW videos on mobile, you first need to adjust your Reddit preferences on a desktop browser.
Here‘s how to enable adult content on desktop Reddit:
Go to www.reddit.com on your desktop web browser and log into your account.
Click on the dropdown menu in the top right corner and select "Settings".
Choose the "Feed Settings" tab on the left side.
Under "Adult Content", toggle the switch to the "ON" position.
This allows you to view adult communities and content across Reddit apps and platforms. Without this enabled, the Reddit apps will automatically mute all NSFW videos.
Step 2: Download Apollo or Sync App
Now that you‘ve enabled access to adult content, it‘s time to download a Reddit app that will allow you to unmute videos.
The official Reddit apps on iOS and Android do not give you the ability to turn sound on for NSFW videos. So your best bet is to download a reliable third-party app:
For iPhone – Download Apollo from the App Store. Apollo is a fast, gesture-based Reddit client with a ton of customization options.
For Android – Download Sync from the Google Play Store. Sync is a highly rated Android Reddit app with fluid navigation.
Both Apollo and Sync will allow you to unmute NSFW videos that are muted on the official Reddit app.
Step 3: Sign Into Apollo or Sync
Once you‘ve installed Apollo or Sync, the next step is signing in to sync it with your Reddit account.
Launch the Apollo app on your iPhone.
Tap on the "Account" tab on the bottom.
Select "Sign in with Reddit" and enter your Reddit username and password.
Allow Apollo permission to connect with your Reddit account.
Open the Sync app on your Android device.
Tap on the profile icon in the top left corner.
Choose "Add account" and select "Reddit".
Enter your Reddit credentials and tap "Add account".
Select "Allow" to give Sync access to your Reddit profile.
You should now be logged into Apollo/Sync with full access to your subscribed Reddit communities.
Step 4: Navigate to Muted Video and Unmute
Now comes the fun part – unmuting a video that‘s muted on Reddit!
Here are the steps:
Browse to the NSFW community that contains the muted video you want to unmute.
Tap on the muted video to expand it.
In the bottom right corner, tap on the speaker icon. This will turn on sound.
The video should now play the audio through Apollo or Sync. Success!
Keep in mind you may need to adjust your device‘s system volume to hear the unmuted audio. But Apollo and Sync give you the ability to bypass Reddit‘s mute of NSFW content.
Why Reddit Says "No Sound" on Videos
If you try to unmute a video on the official Reddit app and still get the "This video doesn‘t have sound" error, don‘t fret. As explained above, it‘s because Reddit automatically mutes all NSFW content.
Even if the original video contains audio, Reddit strips the sound and displays the "no sound" message when you try to unmute it within their app.
So remember – it‘s not that the video has no sound, it‘s that Reddit has intentionally muted it. By using Apollo or Sync instead, you can override Reddit‘s mute and hear the audio.
Troubleshooting Reddit Sound Not Working
Here are some tips if you‘re still having issues getting sound on Reddit videos:
Double check that you enabled seeing adult content in your Reddit preferences on desktop. This is required for unmuting videos.
Make sure your device‘s system volume is turned up and not muted. Tap the volume buttons on the side to adjust.
Check that the video itself contains audio. Some videos have no sound originally.
Try force quitting and reopening the Apollo or Sync app if unmute doesn‘t work.
Update to the latest version of the app in case it‘s a bug that‘s been fixed.
For Apollo, you may need to enable NSFW sound in settings. Go to Settings > Media Settings > Play NSFW Sounds.
As a last resort, uninstall and reinstall the app before trying to unmute again.
I hope this guide has armed you with the knowledge to successfully unmute and get sound working on muted Reddit videos again.
The key points to remember are:
- Reddit mutes videos marked NSFW even if the original has audio
- Enable adult content in desktop settings first
- Use Apollo on iPhone or Sync on Android to bypass mute
- Tap the speaker icon in these apps to turn sound on
Now you can enjoy all that entertaining or informative NSFW content on Reddit with sound enabled!
What‘s your favorite subreddit that you were finally able to unmute? Let me know in the comments!