How to Fix iPad Sound Not Working

Fix iPad Sound Not Working

It’s horrible to find that your iPad stops playing any sound after you leave it for a while.

Anyways, coming from the experience of helping Saint readers with their own iPad sound problems, this guide is complete with every worthy tip to try and galvanize your iPad back from the dead. 💀

In this guide, we will show you thirteen ways on how you can fix when your iPad is sound not working.

Let’s jump right in!

1. Check Your Ring/Silent Switch.

The first thing you should check is the ringer/silent switch on your iPad. The switch might be set to Mute, explaining why there’s no sound coming out of your iPad’s speakers. To ensure it’s not muted, move the ringer switch towards the display.

iPad Toggle Switch

You can also check your screen while toggling the ringer switch. You should see a speaker icon with sound waves coming out.

Mute iPad

Now, newer iPads do not have the side switch. For unknown reasons, Apple decided to remove them from the entire lineup. In this case, you can control your iPad’s sound profile on the Control Center.

Swipe downwards from the upper right corner of your display to open the Control Center. Now, you’ll see a bell icon beside “Do Not Disturb” and “Auto Rotate”. Tap on the bell to unmute your iPad.

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2. Turning Off Mono Audio Setting.

If you’re using high-end earphones or a surround audio system on your iPad, you may have noticed that some of the speakers are not working. This means that mono audio is enabled on your iPad.

Mono audio combines stereo sound, which can cause issues on 5.1 or 7.1 surround systems.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. On your iPad, go to the Settings and access the Accessibiltiy tab.
  2. From there, tap on Hearing and locate Mono Audio.
  3. Finally, ensure that the option is disabled on your iPad.
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Try playing some audio on your iPad to check if the problem is solved.

3. Disable Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb is a feature on Apple devices that allows you to turn off distractions on your device. This can be helpful when you’re finishing a report or reviewing for exams. With Do Not Disturb enabled, your iPad’s speakers would be disabled.

Another reason why your iPad sound is not working is if Do Not Disturb is enabled. See the steps below to disable the feature on your iPad:

  1. First, open the Settings on your iPad.
  2. After that, tap on Do Not Disturb.
  3. Lastly, ensure that the feature is disabled.
Do Not Disturb

Restart your iPad afterward and check if the problem is solved.

On the other hand, you can also disable Do Not Disturb through the Control Center. Swipe downwards from the upper right corner of your display to access it.

4. Adjust Your Volume.

While this may sound weird, some users forget that their iPad’s volume is turned all the way down, which explains why sound is not working on their iPad. Before pressing the panic button, toggle the Volume keys on your iPad a few times and ensure that your volume is turned up.

You can also try adjusting your device’s volume through the Control Center. There are instances when iPadOS runs into errors, which mess up your hardware.

Fix iPad Sound Not Working

Try toggling the volume bar in the Control Center.

Head to the next solution if this doesn’t work.

5. Toggle Your Bluetooth On/Off.

Since iPadOS was released, many users have encountered a bug when using Bluetooth devices on their iPads. As it turns out, their iPads think that it’s still connected to a wireless audio device causing the internal speakers not to work.

Here’s what you need to do if you encounter this error:

  1. First, swipe downwards from the bottom of your screen to open the Control Center.
  2. After that, tap on the Bluetooth icon and ensure that it’s turned off (greyed out).
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  1. Now, open the Assistive Touch on your display.
  2. Go to the Device tab and tap on More.
  3. Finally, tap on Restart.

After restarting your iPad, try playing a video or music to check if the problem is solved.

6. Reset Your Settings.

If your iPad’s sound is still not working, we recommend resetting your device’s settings. A third-party app might have messed up your configurations or you mistakenly change some of the settings.

Instead of looking for the wrong configuration, follow the steps below to reset your iPad’s settings:

  1. On your iPad, go to the Settings and tap on General.
  2. Now, scorll down and tap on Reset.
  3. Finally, choose the Reset All Settings option.
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Wait for your device to restart and see if the problem is solved.

7. Contact or Visit Apple Support.

If you’ve tried all the solutions above but none of it worked, we recommend that you make a quick trip to the nearest Apple Authorized Service Center in your area. Your iPad might be suffering from a hardware issue and some parts need to be replaced.

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You can also get some help from Apple Support before heading to the service center as they might have other solutions that could resolve the issue.

That ends our guide on how to fix your iPad if its sound is not working. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help.

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  1. Thank you, thank you.
    I was getting very frustrated not having sound on my iPad.
    I found my problem-number 3 – the mono audio setting..
    Didn’t even know it existed so I have no idea how I changed it to start with..But the problem is now fixed. Thanks for the clear instructions.

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