Look, Instagram is used by everyone in circumstances where it shouldn’t be. The app is always with us, even when we need to do so discreetly or in front of others. Keeping Instagram silent on the iPhone was as simple as turning down the mute switch. However, that hasn’t been the case for the past week. It’s not just you; Instagram’s playing sound in Stories for a week now, even when your iPhone is otherwise muted. Infuriatingly, muting your phone while using the Instagram app will turn off the sound. But the sound will resume as soon as you load the next Story or scroll past a video.
And, you know, most of the audio on Instagram isn’t exactly subdued (thanks, TikTok). But don’t worry! Grab your phone, and log off of Instagram. Then visit the App Store: An update for Instagram has been released to remedy the unpleasant sound glitch.
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How to silence the audio in Instagram Reels and Stories
We finally have a workable solution after several days of manually reducing the level on your phone to prevent Stories and Reels from playing audio. According to Meta, the parent company of Instagram, the current version of the Instagram iPhone app contains a cure for this sound fault. Meta said in a statement to Digital Trends this afternoon that users should update to the most recent version of the programme available in the App Store.
We can confirm that the mute switch is functional once again after updating to version 252.0 from the App Store! Reels and stories only play sound if we specifically request it.
Does the bug affect iOS 16? What about Android, then?
This bug appears to have only appeared on the iPhone thus far. This bug really started showing up long before iOS 16’s release and is present in iOS 15 as well. Despite the fact that you could have only just become aware of it. And assumed it was related to the most recent iPhone update to iOS 16.
You will need to upgrade your Instagram app in order to obtain the fix, regardless of the iOS version you’re using. These same rules apply while using Instagram Stories on an Android device:
If your phone is muted, Stories are quiet, and audio only appears when you activate the volume keys. No funny business with the hardware mute switch is needed.
Instagram users are upset that the auto sound on Stories won’t turn off
On Thursday, Instagram users vented their rage when the app picked up a bothersome new habit. Numerous people discovered that Instagram Stories was automatically playing audio while their phone was in silent mode.
In a single day, Google searches for “turn off sound” and “stop auto sound” on stories increased by 300 percent. Owner of Instagram Meta informed Newsweek that a patch is being developed for the sound problem, which is a malfunction.
A spokesperson said: “Due to a bug, some iOS users are experiencing an issue where sound is automatically on when viewing Stories—we’re working to fix the issue as soon as possible.”