Where are Facebook sound settings?

Facebook’s sound settings allow you to control various audio options within the Facebook app on mobile devices. This includes turning on/off global sounds, notification sounds, message sounds, and adjusting volume. There are also some advanced settings to control autoplay of videos and live videos in the app.

Controlling these sound options can be helpful to optimize your audio experience in the Facebook app. For example, you may want to disable sounds if you are in a quiet place like a library or turn off notifications if you don’t want audio interruptions. Overall, Facebook’s sound settings give you granular control over the various audio features.

Accessing Sound Settings

To access Facebook’s sound settings on desktop, click the down arrow in the top right corner and select “Settings”. On the left side menu, choose “Sound”.

On mobile, tap the three line “hamburger” menu icon in the top right corner, then tap “Settings & Privacy” followed by “Settings”. Scroll down and tap “Sound” to access the sound settings.

You can also access sound settings directly from the Facebook app’s Settings screen. On iOS, scroll to the bottom and tap “Settings & Privacy”, then “Settings”, and scroll down to “Sounds”. On Android, tap the three line menu, choose “Settings & Privacy” > “Settings” and select “Media and Contacts” > “Sound”.




Sound On/Off

Users can toggle sound on and off for videos and other media content within the Facebook app. Here are the steps:

On iOS devices like iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap on the three horizontal lines in the bottom right to open the menu.
  2. Scroll down and tap “Settings & Privacy”.
  3. Tap on “Settings”.
  4. Scroll down to the “Media and Contacts” section.
  5. Tap on “Sounds”.
  6. Toggle the switch next to “In-App Sounds” on or off to enable or disable sound.

On Android devices:

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the three horizontal lines in the top right.
  2. Tap “Settings & Privacy”.
  3. Tap “Settings”.
  4. Scroll down and tap “Media and Contacts”.
  5. Toggle “Play Videos Automatically” to off to disable video sounds.
  6. Toggle “In-App Sounds” on or off to enable or disable other sounds.

Turning off in-app sounds will mute sounds for videos, GIFs, ads, and other media played within Facebook. Users can toggle it back on at any time to re-enable sounds.

Notifications Sound

Facebook allows you to customize notification sounds for different types of alerts. This allows you to set unique sounds for friend requests, messages, posts you’re tagged in, and more. Here’s how to customize notification sounds on Facebook:

On Android devices, open the Facebook app and tap the three-line menu button in the top right corner. Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Notifications. Here you can customize the sound for All Notifications or choose specific notification types like Friend Requests, Messages, and more. Tap on each notification type to select a sound.1

On iPhones, open the Facebook app and go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Sound. Tap Sound Settings and you can choose different sounds for Friend Requests, Messages, Posts You’re Tagged In, and more. Tap any notification type to select a custom sound.2

You can select from default system sounds or use your own custom audio files. This allows you to assign unique notification sounds to different Facebook alerts so you can easily identify them without having to look at your phone.

Message Sound

You can customize the notification sound for incoming Facebook messages. Here’s how to set a custom sound on both iOS and Android devices:

On iOS, open the Facebook app and tap the three line menu icon in the bottom right. Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Notifications. Under Message notifications, tap Sound and select the desired sound effect.

On Android, tap the three line menu icon in the top right corner. Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Notifications > Message notifications. Tap Sound and select the sound you want.

Once you choose a custom notification sound, you’ll hear that sound for all new incoming messages in Facebook. You can set different sounds for other notification types like friend requests as well. Just customize them under each notification category.

If your custom sound suddenly stops working, try toggling the Facebook notification settings off and on again. Or remove the sound and re-add it. That usually fixes any issues with Facebook messenger sound settings.

Volume Control

You can adjust the overall sound volume for media playback in the Facebook app by going to your Settings. This controls the volume level for videos, ads, and other media that play automatically as you scroll through your feed or explore Facebook.

To adjust the volume, open the Facebook app and tap on the three line menu icon in the top right. Then go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Media and Contacts > Sound. Here you can drag the slider left or right to decrease or increase the volume level.

This sets the default playback volume whenever you open the Facebook app. You can still manually adjust the volume using your device’s volume buttons during video playback. But the Settings control how loud videos and media will start when they begin playing as you scroll through Facebook.

So if you find autoplaying videos are too loud or quiet when you first launch the app, the Sound settings let you turn the overall volume up or down. This provides more control over your Facebook audio experience.

As noted in the Facebook Help Center article How do I turn automatic sound for Feed videos on or off on iPhone?, “You can also control the volume of the videos you see as you scroll in News Feed from the Settings menu.”

Autoplay Settings

One of the sound settings you can control on Facebook is whether videos autoplay with sound or not. By default, videos in the Facebook app will autoplay with sound enabled. Here’s how to change the autoplay settings on Facebook for iOS and Android:

On iOS:

1. Open the Facebook app and tap on the three-line menu button in the bottom right corner.

2. Select “Settings & Privacy” and then tap on “Settings.”

3. Scroll down and tap on “Media.”

4. Under “Autoplay,” tap on the switch next to “Videos Start With Sound” to toggle it on or off.

On Android:

1. Open the Facebook app and tap on the three-line menu button in the top right corner.

2. Select “Settings & Privacy” then “Settings.”

3. Scroll down and tap on “Media and Contacts.”

4. Under “Autoplay,” tap on the switch next to “Videos Start With Sound” to toggle it on or off.

Turning the “Videos Start With Sound” setting off will prevent videos in your Facebook feed from automatically playing with sound enabled. You can always tap on a video to enable sound manually. This gives you more control over which videos play with sound as you scroll through your feed.


If you are having issues with sound not working properly on Facebook, here are some common troubleshooting fixes you can try:

First, check that the sound on your device itself is not muted. Make sure the volume on your phone, tablet, or computer is turned up and not muted. If you are watching Facebook videos on your mobile device, ensure the mute switch is not enabled.

Next, check the Facebook app’s sound and notification settings. Go to Settings > Sound and notifications in the app and make sure sound is enabled and the volume slider is turned up. You can also try toggling the different sound options off and back on again.

If the sound is still not working, try force quitting and relaunching the Facebook app. On mobile, swipe up to close the app completely and then restart it. On desktop, right-click the app icon and choose “Quit.” Then re-open Facebook. This refreshes the app and resets any glitches.

You may also need to reboot your device completely. Power your phone, tablet, or computer down, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on. This clears any software issues causing sound problems.

Check for Facebook app updates in your device’s app store. Install any available updates, as they often include bug fixes for sound issues.

If problems persist, try using Facebook in a different web browser. On desktop, open Facebook in Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc to see if sound works properly there.

As a last resort, you can uninstall and reinstall the Facebook app. This will completely reset the app and its settings and often resolves stubborn sound problems.

Accessibility Options

Facebook offers a range of accessibility options for users with visual impairments to customize sound settings on both desktop and mobile devices. On desktop, users can enable screen reader support such as VoiceOver for Mac or Narrator for Windows to read content aloud (1). On iOS devices, VoiceOver can be enabled through Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver (2). Once enabled, users can tap icons or swipe to navigate, and VoiceOver will read elements on the screen. Sound effects for notifications and messages can also be customized.

On Android devices, the Accessibility settings include options to enable screen readers, change caption sizes, magnification gestures, and more. Users can customize if and how Facebook reads content aloud. There are also options to toggle sound effects on or off for interactions like notifications and messages (3).

Overall, Facebook provides customizable accessibility options so users with visual impairments can control sound effects and how content is read aloud to best suit their needs.


Facebook offers several different options to manage sound effects and audio playback within the app. The most important settings are toggling all in-app sounds on/off, adjusting notification sounds, customizing audio for messages, and controlling media autoplay. Users can locate these configurations in the Settings menu for both iOS and Android platforms.

Key highlights include:

  • Turning off “In-App Sounds” mutes all sound effects like reactions and videos.
  • Changing notification tones only impacts alerts outside Facebook.
  • Separate audio settings exist for messaging that customize ping, sent, and received sounds.
  • Autoplay controls determine if videos automatically playback audio and can be disabled.

With this knowledge, Facebook users can optimize sounds to their preferences. Muting can reduce distractions, while customizing tones suits personal needs. By understanding where these options are located, anyone can take control over the audio experience in Facebook.

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