It could be that you are on a conference call or an individual conversation. Whatever the situation is, you may find yourself in a scenario where you need to place yourself on mute. For example when you are on a conference call, you might just want to listen and not participate for some period of time. There may be dogs barking, speedy vehicles passing by, or there may be another person who wants to talk to you on the middle of your phone call – so muting your audio from the others is a proper etiquette as it will prevent others from being distracted by the noise on your surroundings. Muting your call also frees you up for other task, allowing you the freedom to move on and do other things while still listening to the ongoing conversation. Muting a call in case of an interruption or a loud noise nearby will be a quick and easy feature without disconnecting the call when you don’t really want to hang up on the other line/s. With these simple steps, you can easily mute a call on your iPhone.
- Make a call to the person/s you want to speak with. Once you are in your private or conference call, locate the ‘Mute’ button on your screen. It will appear as a microphone with a slash through it.
- Tap the ‘Mute’ option once to remove the audio on your line. Tap the ‘Mute’ again when you wish to speak.
With these steps, you will be able to easily mute your audio.
Other things you need to know:
- If you are using the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 5, you should be aware the pressing the Mute button for too long instead of just muting your audio will actually be putting the other user/s on hold – thereby shutting down your conversation and allowing you to make time for merging other calls.
- It really unknown why Apple chose to hide the ‘Hold’ feature behind the ‘Mute’ button, other than Steve Jobs stating the “he believed that hold and mute were essentially the same thing, just that hold is a more advanced version of mute”.
Muting and unmuting phone calls can be very important, especially during a conference where background noises could be disturbing with regards to the concentration and situation, and will make you seem unprofessional because of the noise disturbance you can cause. Whatever the reason you may have for doing it, knowing how to mute your iPhone calls is an invaluable tool not only for business, but for personal calls too.