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,


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. Merle Mellors

    Restart worked for me was getting frustrated trying to work out why the sound did not work many thanks

  2. Paula W

    Step 2 worked for me. Thank you.

  3. Fredrik

    very good tips, the reset all settings button did the job for me 🙂

  4. Shawn

    This doesn’t work for me none I have a otter box case

  5. Shawn

    Really it doesn’t work

  6. Anne

    Restarting worked for me – thanks

  7. Leona

    Masturbation worked well

  8. Eddie

    Plugged in power cord, wiggled a bit, turned on songs while plugged in, fixed…what the ****, thanks for helping….

  9. barbara

    i did the headphone trick/fix-It worked!! thx

  10. Cat

    The headphone fix did it for me ! WOO-HOO!!!!!

  11. Noreen

    Hairdryer trick worked for me!!! I had disinfected my our iPads as I normally do every couple of days, and must have gotten too much of the wipe residue into the port. After using the rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, I used the hairdryer and voila!

  12. linda

    the orange button on side is a screen lock…has nothing to do with sound!!

  13. Solmal

    None of your fucking solution worked, I just trash my iPad and it works fucking well.

  14. noz

    Reset all settings for me! What rubbish!

  15. Ted Jagusztyn

    IPad no Sound Went through steps 1 to 5 no result. Got out an old toothbrush, cleaned it. Put some Gin on toothbrush. Turned the ipad off… tipped the ipad with the connector port facing down… brushed it out… waited for the alcohol to evaporate… turned the ipad on and the sound came back on.

  16. MS GREEN

    well i tried all the attempts and the only sound that works is my head phones. is there any way to replace or fix the actual speakers if those have truly been shot

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  18. Fiona Blair

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I had tried steps 1-4 already. I even took it to an Apple Store, and the tech told me my iPad was trashed, and I needed to buy a new one. Everything else was fine except for the sound. I was at work today at my medical practice, so I didn’t have a toothbrush, but I did have an alcohol pad available. I used that to attempt step 5, blew on the port a little bit, and voilà! I had my sound back. You just saved me hundreds of dollars! Thanks again!

  19. nigel bobs

    I tried everything twice, then connected the power lead and hey presto sound came back…weird.

  20. Alisa

    Thank you! Restarting the ipad worked. Yessssss

  21. Mary

    I,m Not buying anymore iPads after this one. I had a $50 tablet from Walmart that gave me less trouble. Last week I couldn’t get mail on my iPad. Now this week it’s the sound. I,m sick of this.

  22. ortizjoel

    Thank you, this really helped me.

  23. Rajveer

    dont worry people get some nice quality of Bluetooth medium sized speakers or whatever size you have or want! Which are compatible with your iPad Pair them with your iPad you will get sound of all apps I found that the My iPad has audio video configuration issue ie sound is not configured properly in my iPad when I connected it to iT it is asking me to download and setup a 1.73gb software update for which I don’t want to take chances and I don’t want to crash and trash my iPad I am happy with the sound from my Bluetooth speakers thx

  24. Abeer

    Thanks loads , last solution worked , dirt in docking plug when just cleaned with piece of cloth it worked

  25. Heather

    Step one worked for me. Thank you so much .

  26. vaniamarques81

    Obrigada!!!! Step 3 worked for m <3

  27. mctalker

    love being able to find answers – step 2! pretty easy

  28. Alan

    Brilliant. I had almost given up hope. The alcohol and the toothbrush worked a treat, eventually. I had ignored the dock (port) since I don’t dock my iPad but I realised that I use it just as frequently as the headphone jack. Restoring my iPad as I write.

  29. bqstrong

    Thank you SO much for these tips! I was so frustrated and disappointed. We bought my son an iPad for his birthday and after 1 day of use, the sound stopped working. We have a bunch of other Apple products and had never experienced this problem. This little guy’s iPad is back in action…now he can go back to blasting the sounds of Dragon City and Minecraft!! Great article.

  30. Brian

    Had an ipad where the sound stopped while working perfectly. Tried all the normal things without luck the someone sugested blowing through the speaker grill because an air line cleared theirs, dont have an air line so used a foot pump with a nozzle attached. Ipad now works perfectly, dont ask why I have no idea!

  31. JonJ

    NoThing worked. Thuis is Gatting frustrating. ……help

  32. Donald Mills

    None of these suggestions are working for me. Just happened a day after I upgrade iOS.

  33. Rolando

    Very good I have volume now thanks You

  34. Paula Hopkins

    ok this is going to sound daft –

    Step i did system upgrade to v 8.4 n my ipad and the next day and first time to use my iphone 4 after the ipad upgrade i discover the speaker doesn’t work when making outgoing calls (no sound for incoming either) no problems with phone previous to ipad upgrade . everyone tells me the ipad upgrade would not effect my iphone Hmmm !!!

    step 2 – did an iphone upgrade to try and sort sound issues and tried all of your suggestions except a restart eeeek

    what i find odd is all other sounds on my phone work fine ever have sound on facetime, music everything else is fine …. help ???

  35. Rumaisa

    Mine didn’t work at all 😓😢

  36. Joel

    Tried all the above except factory reset. Found the problem to be, it was still connected to a Bluetooth speaker. After disconnecting from Bluetooth speaker, sound worked again just fine, hope this is helpful

  37. Brooke

    I’ve had my mini3 w/retina for 9 months & have never had a problem until one day I realized I had no sound after it sat idle overnight. Restarting the ipad worked but it became irritating to have to do it everytime I picked it back up. I read this bluetooth post & realized I had recently connected it to our sound system audio. I didn’t have to disconnect it from the audio but only slide the bluetooth button off & my volume came back!

  38. Brooke

    Thanks Joel!

  39. Pat Harrington

    Rebooting did the trick

  40. Suz

    Nothing worked

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