Can you get sound on Reddit app?

Reddit is a popular social media platform that allows users to submit links, images, GIFs, and text posts on various topics into categorized communities known as “subreddits.” Reddit was launched in 2005 and has over 430 million active monthly users as of 2021.

In 2016, Reddit launched its official mobile app for iOS and Android devices to make it easier for users to access Reddit on the go. The Reddit app allows you to browse the frontpage, search subreddits, view your customized feeds, upvote/downvote, comment, and more. The app has over 10 million installs as of 2022.

In this article, we’ll discuss the key features of the Reddit app including sound capabilities, video/GIF support, commenting, accessibility options, and troubleshooting common issues.

Default Settings

When you first download and open the Reddit app, the default setting is for audio to be muted in videos and GIFs. This means that any videos or GIFs you view in the app will not play sound automatically. According to Reddit users, this default setting was implemented by Reddit to prevent videos and GIFs from unexpectedly playing sound: “I noticed this change a long while back, but I was wondering if there was a way to revert the way Discord reacts when I click the settings”.

The muted audio setting appears to be consistent across platforms, including both iOS and Android versions of the Reddit app. This prevents videos and GIFs from automatically playing sound and potentially disrupting users without their consent. If users do want to enable audio for videos, they can change this setting which we’ll cover next.

Enabling Sound

The Reddit app has a setting called “Quiet Audio Mode” that mutes audio by default. To enable sound in the Reddit app on both iOS and Android:

  1. Open the Reddit app and tap on your profile icon in the top left corner
  2. Tap on “Settings”
  3. Tap the “Quiet Audio Mode” toggle switch to turn it off

Turning this setting off allows videos, GIFs, and other media in the Reddit app to play sound automatically. You can also tap on the speaker icon in the bottom left corner of a video or GIF to toggle sound on or off.

According to this MakeUseOf article, Quiet Audio Mode used to be called “Autoplay” in previous versions of the Reddit app. So if you don’t see the Quiet Audio Mode setting, look for an Autoplay setting instead.

Video and GIFs

Videos and GIFs will play with sound by default if sound is enabled in your Reddit app settings. When opening a video or GIF post in the Reddit app, you should see a speaker icon in the bottom right corner. Tapping this icon will toggle the sound on or off.

If you are not hearing any sound from videos or GIFs in the Reddit app, first check that your device volume is turned up and not muted. Then go into your Reddit app settings and ensure media autoplay is enabled and sound is not disabled.

If you are still not getting sound from some media posts after checking these settings, it could be an issue with that specific piece of media, not properly formatted for the Reddit app by the uploader. You can try opening the post in a mobile web browser to see if it plays there. For the best experience with sound, using the official Reddit app is recommended over third party apps or mobile website.

Comments

The default Reddit app on mobile devices does not include audio capabilities for comments. Comments on Reddit are text-based, so they do not have any sound settings or options. The only visual media that may include sound in the Reddit app are video posts or GIFs that have embedded audio.

Reddit Mobile Website

The Reddit mobile website at https://m.reddit.com also supports sound if enabled. By default, autoplay is disabled on the mobile website so videos and GIFs will not play audio automatically. To enable sound, tap on the post and select the unmute icon in the bottom right corner of the video player. This will unmute that individual video and allow sound to play. You can also go into your account settings and enable autoplay so videos automatically play with sound when scrolling.

Some users have reported issues with getting sound working properly on the mobile website, especially on iPhones. Make sure your phone’s mute switch is not enabled if you are having trouble getting videos to play audio. The mobile website may also not support sound for certain video formats from third-party hosting sites. But for most standard Reddit-hosted videos and GIFs, tapping the unmute icon should allow sound when viewing the post.

Third-Party Apps

Many third-party Reddit apps have advanced features and capabilities beyond the native Reddit mobile app. One key difference is that some third-party apps offer the ability to play sound on videos and GIFs [1]. The native Reddit app currently displays videos only as silent GIFs, while apps like RIF (formerly Reddit is Fun) can play the same GIFs with sound enabled.

So if having sound capabilities on the Reddit mobile app is important to you, using a third-party Reddit viewer may be an option to consider. Popular third-party choices like Apollo, Boost, Relay, Sync, BaconReader and more tend to offer more customizations and features than the official app [2]. Just keep in mind that the experience and available options can vary across third-party apps.

Accessibility

The Reddit app provides some accessibility features for visually impaired users, but audio options are limited. By default, there is no text-to-speech capability built into the Reddit app to read posts or comments aloud. However, visually impaired users can utilize their device’s built-in screen reader such as VoiceOver on iOS to have some elements of the app read aloud.

Some users have reported challenges with getting the Reddit app to work well with screen readers (Source). The accessibility of the Reddit app has room for improvement to better serve users who rely on audio interfaces. Third-party Reddit apps may offer better accessibility options for the visually impaired.

Reddit has also received criticism recently over accessibility issues related to visual design changes which negatively impacted screen reader users (Source). While Reddit is working to address these concerns, accessibility has not always been a priority in the app’s development.

Troubleshooting

There are some common audio issues that may prevent sound from working properly in the Reddit app. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

iOS/iPhone

  • Check that the ringer/silent switch on the side of the iPhone is turned on
  • Go to Settings > Reddit and make sure “Sounds” is enabled
  • Force close and restart the Reddit app
  • Update to the latest version of iOS and the Reddit app
  • Check that other apps have sound working properly
  • If sound works when tapping the video then fails, it may be a streaming issue. Reset network settings.

Android

  • Go to Settings > App settings > Reddit and check “Sound & vibration”
  • Ensure media volume in Android settings is turned up
  • Force stop the Reddit app and clear cache/data
  • Check for Reddit app updates in the Play Store
  • Test sound in other apps to isolate the issue
  • Toggle “Limit mobile data usage” in Reddit app settings
  • Restart your Android device

If no solutions resolve the problem, contact Reddit support for further help.

Conclusion

In summary, Reddit’s native app supports audio and video in posts, but this feature is turned off by default. Users can enable sound by pressing the speaker icon when watching a video or GIF. Sound works for videos, GIFs, and some Reddit Talks in app comments and posts. However, other types of audio files like podcasts may not have sound capabilities. The Reddit mobile website and some third-party Reddit apps also allow users to get sound. Overall, getting sound on the Reddit app requires enabling the audio setting for each individual piece of media, as sound does not play automatically. If troubleshooting tips do not resolve sound issues, using a different Reddit platform may be needed.

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