Ever been in a video call and needed to turn off your microphone, but couldn’t find the mute button quickly enough?
Mic Drop helps you mute (and then unmute!) your microphone with a keyboard shortcut or a menu bar control. It works with every meeting app out there—from Zoom to Slack, FaceTime to Houseparty.
It also shows your mic status in a menu bar icon, so you'll always know at a glance whether you're muted or not. And it lets you (un)mute yourself even if you don't have your meeting app open.
- Allows you to define a custom keyboard shortcut that works across your Mac.
- Works with every app and audio device out there.
- Automatically keeps you muted (or unmuted!) if you change audio devices.
- Supports push-to-talk and push-to-mute.
- Shows your microphone status in the menu bar.
- Shows your microphone status in an optional floating window.
- Optionally shows a notification anytime you toggle your mute setting.
- Respects your privacy. Mic Drop never listens to you.
Because Mic Drop mutes your audio at the system level, it works with any app you can imagine. We’ve tested with:
- Google Meet
- Microsoft Teams
- Cisco Webex
- and many more.
It just works. No matter where you’re meeting, Mic Drop’s got you covered.
A note on hardware compatibility:
Mic Drop works with just about any audio device out there, but some audio devices can't be muted by macOS, so Mic Drop can't control them. All bluetooth and wired headphones work—it's just some niche USB audio interfaces that Mic Drop won't mute. Mic Drop will warn you if it detects an incompatible device. A list of problematic devices are listed on our support page.
You can use your Bluetooth headphones with Mic Drop again! Also, visual notifications help you know when you're muted.
This update improves microphone detection when using an external display and fixes a rare crash when connecting a new audio device for the first time.
- New: Visual notifications! Now it's easier to tell when you've toggled the mute. Notifications are off by default, but you can enable them in Preferences.
- Fixed: The notorious Monterey Bluetooth bug! There's an especially hairy bug with macOS Monterey where muting a Bluetooth device also mutes your headphone audio. Apparently that's NOT what you want in the middle of an audio call. It doesn't look like this was going to be fixed by Apple soon, so we've figured out a workaround on our end.
- Fixed: An issue with newer MacBooks running in clamshell mode when using Bluetooth headphones.
We're so excited about this release and we think it'll make your experience with Mic Drop a whole lot better. Let us know what you think on Twitter at @octopusthink
Ratings and Reviews
This app is real handy. However, it would be perfect if it had one additional feature:
I appreciate the push to talk feature, but I don't appreciate that I have to hold to talk. Instead, I'd like to hit a key combo to unmute my mic and then hit that key combo again once I'm ready to mute again. I don't want to have to hold the key combo down in order to be heard.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your review! We're collecting feedback about the push-to-talk feature & would love to ask you some follow-up questions. If you'd be willing to share, would you be able to drop us a line at email@example.com?
I've been using this with Zoom and MS Teams for work-related conference calls, and I also support committee members who use Zoom for public meetings.
Even though Zoom and Teams both have built-in mute toggle, and Zoom also has built-in Push-To-Talk (PTT), I prefer using mic drop as my microphone control because I can use the same key combos to mute in different apps, and I always know for sure when I am muted because the status is shown in the macOS menu bar. While apps like Zoom and Teams do have mute indicators, having the status in the macOS menu bar works better for me because it's always visible, regardless of what is foremost on my display. The committee members that I support overwhelmingly prefer the Status Window in mic drop to know when they are toggled on or off.
When I attend a meeting where I expect to speak a lot, I use PTT with a key combination that I prefer. When I attend a meeting where I am mostly silent, I toggle mute using the icon in the macOS menu bar. Having that menu bar icon status gives me assurance that my background noises won't be heard on the conference.
Just What I Needed!
As a consultant, I regularly switch between web conference services (Webex, Teams, Zoom, etc.) based on whether it's me or my customers setting it up. Some services have a mute shortcut, some don't. Most you have to be in the app to do it, and I'm regularly using other apps during the call so their shortcuts don’t work. This covers all bases and then some!
My only request would be the option to have an audio feedback tone when muting or unmuting so that I know with confidence I am muted without leaving a full-screen app or Workspace and conversely I know I’ve unmuted to speak.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We have notifications on our roadmap, so look out for them in a future release! :-)
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