How to mute players in VALORANT

Find some solace with the press of a few buttons.

Jett gives Yoru an annoyed look as Killjoy and Raze watches Max Bot wreck havoc on KAY/O and Phoenix.
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Most online video game players know that sometimes you’ll get the occasional toxic teammate who won’t stop using voice chat. In VALORANT, this problem can be even worse when trying to work as a team or going for a clutch play to win a round.

VALORANT is a team game and your goal is to either plant the spike or stop the enemy team from doing it. The game is fast-paced and each round normally lasts for a couple of minutes. So, if you want to have an edge over your opponents and quickly communicate with your team, you need to have your voice chat on. But sometimes other players will backseat and micromanage you, and you can no longer play the game in the way you want to.

For those who want some peace and quiet in VALORANT, there are a few ways to shut out all the noise and bring some serenity to the battlefield.

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How to mute players in VALORANT

When in a match, press the Escape key to bring up the in-game menu. The first tab is titled Match and will feature all of the players on your server. You can then see various details about your teammates, including a player’s score, their economy, and ping number. But there are also options marked Allow Communications and Team Voice Volume. You can then uncheck the communication box of any player that you don’t want to hear anymore.

Option to mute players in VALORANT during a match.
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How to mute a player during the agent select in VALORANT

If a player is already being toxic in agent select, you can mute them from the get-go as well. Next to the target player’s name, there should be a little speaker icon that can be clicked to mute and unmute them as you see fit.

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How to disable voice chat entirely in VALORANT

You can disable voice chat completely by going to your general settings, clicking the Audio tab at the top of the screen, and clicking Voice Chat. Look for the Team Voice Chat option and toggle it off. This way, you won’t hear any of your teammates without having to mute them. This last option might not be as ideal, especially if you want to speak with some of your teammates since good games stem from good communication.

Should you mute players in VALORANT?

It’s not ideal to mute players in VALORANT, especially because it’s a team game and you need to briskly communicate your enemies’ whereabouts and strategies. But players can be toxic or even backseat you while you’re trying to make a play. If you find yourself in these situations, it’s best to mute players and play your own game.

If someone’s mic is too loud or is broken, on the other hand, you can just lower their volume via the same in-game Match menu.

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Izabela Tomakic
Staff Writer & World of Warcraft lead. Izabela has a long history with writing and games like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Fortnite, and The Sims. Before finding her home at Dot Esports in 2021, Izabela was an English teacher and a freelancer at Hotspawn, GGRecon, and Gameranx. In her free time, you’ll find her writing novels, wandering Azeroth, or inting on Summoner’s Rift.

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Tyler Esguerra
Lead League of Legends writer for Dot Esports. Forever an LCS supporter, AD carry main, with more than five years in the industry. Sometimes I like clicking heads in Call of Duty or VALORANT. Creator of the Critical Strike Podcast.

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