Sound and speaker has stopped working on iPad how to fix

Sound and speaker has stopped working on iPad, Solutions and Fixes.

If you have no sound on your iPad/ iPad 2/ iPad Mini and iPad Air volume bar it is unbelievably frustrating as you most probably already know. Below you will find a list of solutions, fixes and cures that should resolve the no sound issues. This list is organized from most successful to least successful, though all of these solutions have some merit and may work.

The symptoms of iPad no sound problems and Issues include:
– iPad will ring but speaker will not work for anything else.
– iPad no sound at all facetime, apps, music etc.
– iPad no sound stuck in headphone mode, volume bar will come up but with no adjustment ability.
Follow these steps and hopefully they fix your iPad sound and speaker issues.

iPad No Sound and speaker Step 1

Loud/ Silent switch on exterior of iPad is switched to silent mode which is orange. If so flick the other way to loud mode. This is a step that so many people miss, but it is the most simplest. This also is the most common the the mute button protrudes just a fraction so can be easily moved.

iPad No Sound and speaker Step 2

Similar to the above step this also deactivates the mute, sound button within the iPad. Simply slide from the bottom screen going upwards. Once you have done that a control bar will come up, simply press the mute on/ off button.

iPad No Sound and speaker Step 3

Restart the iPad. Hold the power switch and home button together for 10 seconds. This will restart your iPad, you will not lose any media, contacts, data, etc. If there was a temporary glitch which sometimes arises with new software updates this may eliminate it.

iPhone No Sound and Speaker Step 4

Reset iPad. Go to settings> general> reset> reset all settings. Before you do this ensure you have backed up your device to the Cloud or iTunes as you will loose all data on your iPad. This is similar to the above step but a more resilient process.

iPad No Sound and speaker Step 5,

This one is a bit strange but seems to be very successful. This is a problem that has plagued iPhones and iPads from day one. When dirt or dust gets into the charging dock it can cover the exposed pins which can sometimes trick the iPad in to thinking it is on a music dock. But this can be sidelined buy using a good old toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to clean the docking area,  when you do this do it gently and get the bristles into there good. Also if you use rubbing alcohol, acetone or methylated spirits it will help get all the extra dirt out. As these products evaporate it will not do damage to the connectors.

iPad No Sound and speaker Step 6,

Get your headphones and insert them into the headphone jack of the iPad and the pull them out. Do this for a couple of minutes as sometimes it gets stuck in headphone mode so this normally undoes that.

iPad No Sound and Speaker Step 7,

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Restore your iPad on iTunes. Click on your iPad icon when plugged into iTunes and go to restore. If you do this make sure your iPad is backed up as YOU will loose all data, media, contacts, pics, and so on. This puts your iPhone back to factory settings.

iPad No Sound and Speaker Step 8,

Jailbreak your iPad to find the file directories that are causing the fault. By doing this you are deleting the file that is making the iPad think it is on a dock. You will still be able to use music docking station etc. If you have a jail broken iPad or willing to do it then this will be the best option for you. Very simple video and easy to follow, to jailbreak follow my simple tutorial. This tutorial is for the iPhone but is still relative for the iPad.

iPad No Sound and Speaker Step 9,

This one is a bit strange but seem to be quite successful. Turn a hair dryer onto low heat and hover over the speaker outlet for about 5 minutes. I also did the headphone jack as well. There must of been some residual moisture build up which the hair dryer eliminated:)

iPad No Sound and Speaker Step 10,

If none of these solutions help it simply may be a hardware problem and will need to get a replacement through your provider who may offer insurance for the iPad if you choose for it at the beginning of your plan or apple support.

Hopefully some of these steps and solutions have helped restore the speaker sound on your iPad. If you have tried something different that worked for you then please share below.

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  1. Graham

    Thank you for your support and help, I didn’t know about the restart function on the I Pad.
    Followed your advice and it worked!

  2. Nicky Healey

    Followed a ice & restarted my iPad. Thanks.

  3. neillpayne

    Thanks. Amazingly, the hairdryer treatment did the trick. Probably due to having the iPad in a humid bathroom.

  4. Rick.

    I do not have the Church in the control center

  5. Jibril Abdulkadir

    thanks so much my ipad sound is now working. i really appreciate your effort.

  6. Catt

    I have found that if I am charging my iPad, I have no sound so removed charger and now I have sound and control will work.

  7. Amy

    Switched headphones and now I can hear videos. Original headphones will play with no problem with Amazon movies but not iTune movies. Why???

  8. Adriana

    On my iPad I plug in my headphones and I have to turn it to hear and I have to put it in one spot. I don’t know if it’s my iPad or headphones. And my dumb sister won’t let me test it on her phone or earbuds

  9. Belita

    No3 worked for me, Thankyou so much

  10. Belita

    No3 worked for me. Thankyou so much!!👍🏾😃🤗

  11. Alastair

    Many, many thanks for this common sense guide & these ptips. Problem solved in <5 mins, panic (huge!) over. Had before tried many options but thought lack of sound might be terminal & that I'd have to try & find my old (19 moths!) receipt to do battle.
    Thanks again.

  12. hoopme

    This is a nice list of things to try when there is no sound on your iPad, although, none of them works for me. What happens with my iPad is that opening any apps requiring sound would end up in hanging or blank screen, FaceTime calls were dropped. I’m almost certain this is a hardware issue. Has anyone got the same problems before?

  13. Kayleigh Wallace-Maher

    Thank you, the hairdryer trick worked for me.

  14. Vickie

    Thanks it was number 2

  15. Paul

    iPad mini was spotted in washing machine, had got mixed up with bedding. stopped washer and drained it, dried with kitchen towels and all seemed OK, leather case it was in however went in dustbin. Was not till day after I realised no sound. Was stuck in headphone mode. 5 minutes with the hairdryer on cool pointed straight into the headphone jack and its cured!!!!!! Many thanks

  16. Michael

    @hoopme the same thing happened

  17. Esmerelda Sunset

    I followed all advice to exclude certain problems, ie those requiring Settings adjustments. The iPad sound was working as a ring from FaceTime, but no output from iTunes. My partner thought he might have exposed the unit to slight moisture, but we weren’t happy to use “the hairdryer solution”, so I decided to put the iPad in the airing cupboard overnight. In the morning, hoorah, problem solved!! Many thanks to the online community and I hoe our alternative solution might help. X

  18. Lisa

    My i pad just fall down to the sink. I got panic because it lost its sound. Luckily i found your web. Its work for me. The first solution. Thanks a lot.

  19. Shivani

    I am so grateful, I tried everything and was panicking thought my 15 yr old son just caused me a major loss by damaging the iPad, hairdresser technique worked straightaway, many thanks

  20. Imari

    I hope these steps work on my iPad mini and to try all of them i hope it dose and the video was very helpful thank u

  21. Rod

    Xxxtra thanks, step 5 worked for my iPad 3

  22. Michelle

    The last two steps worked well. Using a tooth brush to clean dirt build up in the charge dock along with the speakers. Taking the headset plug out several times also seem to help remove dirt?? I appreciate all the tips & ideas!!

  23. Jonathon

    on my ipad, system>accessibility>assitive touch. this brings up a floating menu with more volume up and down buttons. these should be in sync with the system volume, but on one app they were not, so it is well worth trying this, as you will never find them otherwise.

  24. 420gamer

    restarting device worked for me. thanks

  25. Kathleen

    How do you ensure that you’ve backed up everything to the iCloud before resetting

  26. Nancy Wahl

    Thank you for your suggestion to try the bottom panel. Sure enough the sound button was all the way to the left!

  27. Don

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Step three fixed my very annoying problem of the earphone plug not working (first generation iPad Mini). I had been resetting instead on a regular basis, which is a pain. A very big pain, actually, losing all preferences. Hugs!! 🤗

  28. Claire

    Extremely helpful. Thank you 😀😀

  29. Riyad

    Iphone 4 apps,media alart no sound how to fixed it.

  30. Christopher Riley

    Followed all the instructions (not sure which one it was that worked) and the sound was restored! Thank you!

  31. Claire

    The hair dryer did the trick for me. Never would have figured that out on my own. Thank you so much!!

  32. Taylor

    Omg thank you!! I’ve been going crazy reading different articles trying to fix it, and all I had to do was switch the mute button on, then off and it worked!!! I was so afraid I was going to be without speakers! This made my whole day, thanks again!!

  33. Vasco

    Thank`s a lot !!! You gave me ideas what can I do by myself and save me money, instead of fetching the iPad to the service for replacement of the speaker (service suggested me to do that as a only solution).
    Shortly, I had a problem with my iPad`s speaker sound. When sound was on maximum volume, the speakers had distorted (scraped) sound. It was frustrating … I tried everything (Hair Dryer, Soft tooth brush for connectors, plug and unplug the earphones many of times, reset the settings, master reset, reinstall the iOS … ), everything with no success.
    Finally I tried wet cleaning with medical alcohol and ear sticks. First I cleaned the earphones jack, later the charging pin`s connector, side volume mute button and finally with compressed air I did dry cleaning of outside cover place of the speakers. At the end I restart with master reset the iPad and I was Reset All settings.
    … AND SUCCESS … !!!
    Speakers are working good even on Maximum Volume, Earphones also.

  34. natnatnat74

    Great tips and so helpful.
    Thx sooo much. 😘😘😘

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