There are a few reasons audio might not be working on a Reddit video. Those reasons range from Reddit issues, to web browser issues, to your computer’s issues. If none of those resolve the problem, then you may have a terminal hardware issue that needs professional help.

Hi, I’m Aaron. My Reddit account is thirteen years old. I love browsing Reddit for my favorite hobbies like electronics, Raspberry Pi, and gaming. 

Let’s cover some of the reasons Reddit videos may not have sound for you.

Key Takeaways

  • The video may not have sound or Reddit’s video player is lagging.
  • You may need to turn up the volume in your web browser video player. 
  • If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to turn up your device volume. 
  • As a last resort, you may want to reinstall your audio driver. 

Why Reddit Videos Don’t Have Sound

There are a couple of reasons Reddit videos won’t play sound. Some of them are related to how videos are uploaded, others may be related to browser settings, and yet others may be related to computer settings. 

Let’s start with…

1. The Video Doesn’t Have Sound

Some Reddit videos may be gifs, which typically don’t include a soundtrack or can be a video file uploaded without sound. To test this, hover your mouse over the playing video. If you’re on your phone or tablet, look at the progress bar at the bottom of the screen. If you don’t see a speaker or if it’s grayed out, then the video doesn’t have sound. 

If it looks like it has sound, then it could be…

2. Reddit’s Video Player

If you’ve used Reddit for more than a few minutes, you’ve probably seen complaints about Reddit’s video player. To be fair, it’s a lot better than when it was first implemented. That being said, audio may be delayed when playing a video. The delays may be significant enough that it might seem like audio isn’t working. Try reloading the video.

If that’s not your problem, then…

3. Turn Up the Volume

Your web browser video player volume may be turned down. You may have watched another video that was too loud or otherwise didn’t want sound playing. Alternatively, a browser update may have changed the video player volume. 

To fix that, hover your mouse over the speaker symbol at the bottom of the video player. Make sure the volume slider is all the way up. 

On mobile, see if the speaker has a line through it. 

If it does, click the speaker to remove the line and unmute the audio. 

If that doesn’t fix your problem, then…

4. Turn Up Your Device Volume

It might not be a browser issue, but a device issue instead. On a mobile device, use the volume up button to turn up the volume. On your computer, you’ll need to check two things:

Step 1: click the speaker on the taskbar.

Step 2: make sure the volume slider is turned up and turn it up further if it isn’t.

Step 3: right-click the speaker and then left-click Go to Settings.

Step 4: in the Sound settings window, click on Volume mixer.

Step 5: make sure Google Chrome (or your browser of choice) is turned up to 100.

Step 6: make sure your Output device is the correct device to output audio to speakers. You can change this without consequence until the speakers work. 

If that doesn’t work, then you have a…

5. Faulty Audio Driver

Drivers are like any other software. A bad update can result in a corrupted installation and the driver not working. That may result in your audio suddenly not working. If you’ve tried everything else, then this is your next best bet before ruling it a hardware issue. 

You can try reinstalling your audio driver using Device Manager

Step 1: Click Start

Step 2: Type Control Panel and Click Control Panel.

Step 3: Click Device Manager. 

Step 4: Click Audio inputs and outputs. Click on your speaker. Then click the red uninstall button.

Step 5: Click Scan for hardware changes. Reinstall the driver per the instructions that appear. 

If that doesn’t work, then you likely have a hardware issue and need professional help to get your audio back. 


Here are some answers to commonly asked questions related to Reddit videos not having sound.

Why is My Video Not Posting with Sound on Reddit?

It may be, but audio is muted by default when you preview a video upload on Reddit. Try posting your video and checking if the sound works. If not, you can always delete the post and repost it. Also, make sure your video has an audio track before uploading it. 

How Do I Unmute Reddit Talk?

Open Settings in your internet browser. Then go to Privacy and click Microphone. Make sure the toggle next to Reddit is turned on.

How Do You Get Unmuted on Reddit?

Contact the mod of a subreddit or the Reddit admins. Ask them if you are muted, or shadowbanned and if you can appeal your shadowban. If you’re polite and remorseful, you may be successful in appealing your shadowban. That isn’t guaranteed, though. 


Reddit is a great place. You can find almost any community of like-minded people to discuss hobbies, current events, and really anything else you want. Reddit is also a great platform for media consumption, but its video player leaves a lot to be desired.

What’s your favorite SFW Reddit video? Let me know in the comments!