No sound or volume coming from MacBook – How to Fix

No sound or volume coming from speaker on the MacBook, iMac, MacBook Pro and Air in OS X.

If you have no sound coming through your MacBook, iMac, MacBook Pro and Air in OS X there are some simple fixes and solutions to resolve to this issue.  Some problems that you may be encountering include boot up sound but no sound when using applications when using your MacBook. Others include headphone and external speakers working but no sound or built in speakers don’t work. Below are some proven steps that fix the no sound problem for the Apple Mac range.

No sound, Step 1

This step is most likely to fix the no sound problem, thankfully by using Macs its very easy to troubleshoot when it comes to having issues like these. Firstly you want to go to System Preferences located in the Launchpad. Alternatively you can go into system preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left hand corner. Then scroll down to system preferences and then click on the sound icon in the menu box.

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From there click on sound to insure that the Internal Speakers is type – Built-in. Also located down the bottom next to the volume slider is a mute button. Be sure to uncheck this if it has been selected. For a quick mute/ un mute you can press F10 on the keyboard for that action.

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No sound, Step 2

Another successful step is to restart the MacBook or iMac you are using as there may be a temporary software glitch. This is easily done by pressing the power button located on the top right hand corner of you the keypad. From there a power menu will pop up to which you can select the restart option.

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No sound, Step 3

There have been some similar problems with the iPhone and iPad when it comes to sound and speaker problems with bluetooth. Sometimes when you connect you device to bluetooth speakers there can be sound problems when going back to the in built speakers. Simply turn you bluetooth off and on or just turn it off. This can be done by going into System Preferences> Bluetooth.

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No sound, Step 4

Another successful step is by updating you operating system to remove any glitches or bugs that may have been released with an update. This can be done by going into Launchpad> App Store> Check for updates.

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If any of these steps have help restore your sound or turn your speaker back to life please share what you did below as it all helps 😀


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  1. rusadrianewald

    This finally did the job for me. Thank you.

  2. Leslie

    I have tried/confirmed all of these things but still no go. Just all of a sudden, came in one day and no sound. Any other possibilities? Never use headphones. Never plug anything into the computer. Only use internal speakers.

  3. kim

    this happened to me last night-there aren’t even any in-built speakers to select just something called movavisound Graber

  4. Robert Schleppi

    Shut down and restart worked for me.

  5. Jyo

    Step one fixed the issue. Great post. Thanks.

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