How to always join a Zoom call on mute

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All of us take a ton of Zoom calls as part of the new normal. A few days ago, I joined one while I was “chatting” with my cat. I had assumed that I’d be muted, but I was wrong.

Luckily, folks on the call just heard my cat for a few seconds. That made me realize that there should be a setting to join a call always on mute. Thankfully, I found it. Here’s how you can enable it:

  • Open the Zoom app on your desktop.
  • Head to Preferences > Audio.
  • Check the “Mute microphone when joining a meeting”  box.