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No Sound on Your iPad? Try These 7 Fixes!

Last Updated May 26, 2022
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Many iPad users complain of their iPad sound not working or have other sound issues with their iPad. Typically, this issue can be attributed to wrong settings or your iPad’s hardware, or a software problem.

Regardless of what causes this, there are many ways to solve this issue. Therefore, this article is all you need if you want to fix the ‘no sound on your iPad’ issue. How can you fix it if you experience no sound on your iPad? Read on to find out how.

Fix 1: Unmute your iPad

Your iPad may have no sound because you might have accidentally muted it. Thankfully, there are various ways to unmute your iPad.

Switch off the Mute Button

This only applies to older iPad models. They have a side mute switch, which can be accidentally switched on. Therefore, you need to check it and switch it off if it is on.

Unmute iPad via Settings App

If you own any of the latest iPad models that do not have the side switch, you can use the Settings App to unmute your iPad.

Here is how:

Step 1: Tap the Settings App.

Step 2: Click on “General” > “Use Side Switch To.”

Step 3: Change the “Mute” setting to “Lock Rotation.”

Unmute Via the Control Center

Step1: Slide your finger down from the top-right corner of your iPad screen.

Step 2: Tap the Sound Mode icon to turn the sound ON.

Press the Volume Up Button

You can also turn off the silent mode by pressing the Volume-Up button. Ensure that the volume is adjusted high enough to hear the sound.

If not resolved, try the next fix.

Fix 2: Disconnect Connected Bluetooth Device

If Bluetooth devices or any other wireless headphones are still connected to your iPad, they will continue picking up sound signals causing your iPad not to have sound.

Therefore, use these steps to check if any Bluetooth device is still connected and disconnect it:

Step 1: Click on the Settings icon.

Step 2: Tap on Bluetooth. 

Step 3: Unpair any connected device or tap the Bluetooth Switch button to turn Bluetooth off.

Check if the issue is fixed. If not resolved, read on to the next fix.

Fix 3: Update Your iPad’s Operating System

Sometimes, an outdated iPad Os can cause the sound to stop working. To fix this, check to see if any updates are available:

Step 1: Connect your iPad to the internet

Step 2: Tap the Settings App and click on General > Software Update.

Step 3: If there is any available software update, click on Download and Install > Install.

If this did not fix the issue, try the next fix.

Fix 4: Reset Your iPad’s Network Settings

Resetting your iPad’s network settings can also solve this frustrating issue. Therefore, try to reset the network settings:

Step 1: Tap the Settings App and click on General > Reset.

Step 2: Click on Reset Network Settings.

Check to see if this fix fixed the issue. If not resolved, try the next fix.

Fix 5: Restart Your iPad

This will help reset any issue that might be causing your iPad not to have sound.

Step 1: Press and hold the iPad’s Power button and any of the volume buttons until the power off slider appears.

Step 2: Turn off your iPad by dragging the slider and then wait for 30 seconds.

Step 3: Turn on your iPad by holding down the power button and releasing it when the Apple logo appears.

Read on to the next fix if that didn’t help.

Fix 6: Clean your iPad’s Speakers

When debris and dirt get in your iPad, they can clog the iPad’s speakers no cause the sound to stop working. You can avoid this by cleaning your iPad’s speakers regularly:

Step 1: Remove any cases, plastic film, or screen protectors from your iPad.

Step 2: Clean your iPad’s speakers gently using a small soft-bristled brush. Ensure that you use a clean and dry brush. A new toothbrush will work well.

If this does not fix the issue, then the problem lies somewhere else.

Fix 7: Factory Reset Your iPad

If none of the above fixes solve the issue, it may be time to factory reset your iPad. It is vital to note factory resetting will erase or wipe all the data on your iPad. It will also help clear viruses and any software issues that could be causing your iPad to have no sound.

Step 1: Back up your iPad’s data in iTunes. If iTunes is not available, you can back up to iCloud.

Before proceeding to the next step, ensure your iPad is fully charged.

Step 2: On your iPad, click on the Settings App > General and scroll down to Reset.

Step 3: Tap the “Erase All Content and Settings” option.

Step 4: When prompted, tap through the warning messages on the screen.

Hopefully by now, it has been fixed.


Typically, not having sound on an iPad can be attributed to wrong settings or your iPad’s hardware, or a software problem. One of the fixes mentioned above should be able to solve this. If it is still not fixed, consider contacting Apple Support and seek advice from them.

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