Did your iPad’s sound suddenly cut out and stop working while using an app or watching a video? Or has your iPad stopped playing music or other audio altogether, after a recent update? Wondering why your iPad’s gone silent? If so, you are not alone!
A lot of users complain that their iPad sound not working or have other sound issues with their iPad. The device has no sound when trying to play music, use an app, play a game, watch Netflix or another video app, or use FaceTime and other video calling apps.
- 1 Check Accessibility Settings For Hearing
- 2 Stuck in Headphones Mode?
- 3 Check the iPad’s Mute Switch
- 4 iPad Sound Not Working Without Headphones?
- 5 Turn Bluetooth Off
- 6 iPad Sound Not Working: Restart your iPad
- 7 Factory Reset Your iPad
- 8 Reader Tips
The no sound on iPad happens irrespective of the model
We have however found that this can happen right after an iOS upgrade or if you have an older iPad. Either way, this seems to be a very annoying issue.
An iPad with no Sound is hardly a what? Right! You can’t think of a good excuse for it. So why not look at a couple of pointers to help you resolve this problem.
Check Accessibility Settings For Hearing
- Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
- Scroll down to the section Hearing
- Toggle Mono Audio under Hearing on and off
Mono Audio combines any stereo sound into one track, so all sounds always play combined with any speakers including AirPods, EarPods, Bluetooth headsets, headphones, and any type of audio speakers.
Stuck in Headphones Mode?
Sometimes our devices get stuck thinking that headphones are plugged in when they aren’t. We call this stuck in headphones mode.
To unstick, grab a pair of headphones and insert them into the headphone jack of the iPad and then immediately pull them out. Do this repeatedly.
For more tips on what to do when iDevices get stuck in headphones mode, see this post.
Check the iPad’s Mute Switch
Look at the most obvious and overlooked. Yes, I said it.
Please check your iPad and make sure that you have not switched on the mute button by accident. Typically, when you share your iPad with other family members at home, check this setting.
If you lost sounds for keyboard clicks, games or other apps, email notifications and other notifications, your iPad’s system sounds are likely muted.
How to unmute the sound on an iPad
If you have tried fiddling with the button and still do not hear the Sound, it may have to do with how you have chosen to use the side switch in your iPad Settings.
System sounds can be muted and controlled in two different ways. The screen lock rotation can be controlled in the same manner as well. Simply go to Settings > General > Use Side Switch To mute system sounds.
If this option is selected, the switch on the side of the iPad above the VOLUME button will mute system sounds. When the Lock Screen Rotation is chosen, then the switch locks the screen.
Please note that If the screen is locked, you will see a lock icon in the upper right corner next to the battery indicator gauge.
It is important to remember that if you have the side switch set to lock screen rotation, then the system sound control is in the taskbar. Double tap the home button and in the taskbar at the bottom, swipe all the way to the right. The speaker icon is all the way to the left. Tap on it and system sounds will return.
No Mute Switch on Your iPad?
Many iPads (especially newer models) do not have the side switch.
On iPads without a side switch, both Rotation Lock and Notification Mute are controlled via Control Center. Take a look and check these settings.
Is Do Not Disturb On?
Another setting to check is your iPad’s Do Not Disturb feature. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and make sure this is not enabled.
You can also toggle this setting on and off via Control Center. Look for the crescent moon–if it’s highlighted, it’s on. Tap it once to toggle it off.
iPad Sound Not Working Without Headphones?
Inspect Your Speakers
Plug in a pair of headphones and see if you can hear sound through the headphones but not through your device’s speakers.
First, check that your iPad isn’t stuck in headphones mode (see tips above.)
If your iPad isn’t stuck in headphones mode, unplug the headphones and take a close look at your speakers. Inspect them for any dust or debris clogging the speakers’ screen. If they are dirty, clean them out gently using a toothpick, interdental brush, or a microfiber cloth.
Another option is to try blowing air on speaker and see if any debris comes loose.
Don’t use too much pressure or you’ll likely push that dirt in further, causing more problems!
Is your iPad sound not working with headphones?
- If you don’t hear anything when using headphones, make sure there isn’t any lint or other debris inside the headphone port (or lightning port.) See this post on how to clean these ports
- Make sure your headphones cable, connector, or buds aren’t damaged, broken, or frayed
- Check the mesh for any lint or other dirt that might be clogging it
- Try plugging and unplugging your headphone a few times
- Test with another set of headphones
Turn Bluetooth Off
Sometimes our sound is connecting to a nearby or previously used Bluetooth accessory.
The easiest way to check if the sound is routing to a BT device is to turn Bluetooth off temporarily. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle it off.
iPad Sound Not Working: Restart your iPad
When in doubt just reset the iPad by holding down on the Sleep and Home buttons at the same time for about 10-15 seconds until the Apple Logo appears – ignore the red slider – let go of the buttons. Following this soft Reset, sound should return to your iPad.
Perform a Forced Restart On Other iDevices
- On an iPhone 6S or below plus all iPads & iPod Touches, press Home and Power at the same time until you see the Apple logo
- For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo
- On an iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo
Factory Reset Your iPad
Warning: Please note that this will erase all the information on your iPad.
- First, connect your iPad to your computer and make a backup in iTunes. This step is essential as you will want to restore the iPad from backup once you are done with the process.
- After you make a backup, go to the Settings menu on your iPad.
- Click General, scroll down to Reset.
- Click on Reset and when prompted the click through the warning messages.
Note: It’s recommended that you have your iPad connected to a power source when it’s restoring the factory settings.
Please let us know if this was related to a Settings issue as described in the article! We wish you the best and hope that you don’t have to do a factory reset to solve this problem.
- A few readers had success when resetting their network’s settings. Go to settings > general > reset network
- Use your vacuum’s crevice tool to suck out any dirt that clogging your iPad’s ports. Worked for me in about 2 minutes!
- I tried just about everything I could think of to get my iPad mini’s speakers working again. What finally worked was using a toothpick and lightly scraping the insides of the speakers and the charging port
- For me, the solution ended up being very simple but not very intuitive! Open Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Mono Audio under Hearing on and off
- It sounds unbelievable, but I fixed my problem by installing and then using the Skype App. Not sure how or why it worked, but it did!
- Check that no apps are set to mute effects or music. Setting even one app to mute can impact all apps!
- I did this: go to settings> general > reset>reset all settings. And that fixed the no sound problem on my iPad Pro
- I changed my iPad’s language to English UK and then back again to the US & it worked!!