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. Patty

    My headphones were working. First time I tried the headphone jack trick, my ipad 2 speakers didn’t work, but I repeatedly inserted and pulled it out and SUCCESS!! AWESOME!! Thanks much!!

  2. dallasalexander

    I tried all this and nothing worked. Then used a can of CO2 and sprayed into both the headphone jack and the port at the bottom. Worked!!

  3. Rick

    My iPad mini sound only worked when head phone is on

  4. Awesome Gal Gamer

    If you have an iPad mini 4 I suggest that you open up the short cut menu and make sure it’s not on mute.Mine was and it was brand new because you don’t have the mute switch on the side.

  5. Danix

    Before my ipad 2 totally lost the sound the speaker sound was awful what i mean is it has a crackling sound when i opened my ipad in the morning tahts when i found out that the speakers wouldnt work.. I need help i use my iapd to entertain my son now the speakers broken my son is irritated.. Tnx in advance to those who could help me resolve the problem ..God bless

  6. Dr. Spock

    @Danix> Instead of depending on one form of childcare, like an iPad, try having several child rearing tricks up your sleeve, like duct tape, super glue, a loud TV (so you cant hear them crying), put them in a car seat in the car, lock them in a closet at the opposite end of the ?Trailer? Hope you find these common tricks to raising a healthy child helpful!

  7. Margaret

    What can I do I can not people when they call me done what you have said but still can not hear them any advice please . I am oap so not very good at this thank you .

  8. Hotwheelskiller

    Nothing worked I’m looking at these to get my speakers right

  9. ERR

    (I’m referring to the video here) I hope you realize the irony of the fact that I am attempting to fix the sound on the iPad I am currently using and the video is explaining how to fix the sound on an iPad or whatever using words, which produce sound , which is something I don’t have right now. However, I will try the toothbrush method.

  10. Coral Jones

    Can anyone tell me my Bluetooth speakers no longer play sound on both my iPad/iPhone? Both paired ok, both stopped working at the same time, I’ve brought a new speaker and that works but again no sound? No problem with sound out of pad/phone directly or on earphones so I’m thinking it’s something in the settings? Help please

  11. Danielfalk

    When your sound stops working, like if your speaker doesn’t work anymore and the sound bar won’t show up. And the button to turn up your volume don’t work. I found what always works for me now, just plugging in your headphones

  12. M_smilesss

    I just got my iPad a few days ago and when the sound stopped I freaked out. Then I went to this website and restarting it worked. I’m so happy

  13. Gull

    So my niece spilled some water on my iPad mini and i think some of the water went into the headphone thingy. Will this really help??!!!

  14. Yhargrove

    When using facetime I can hear them but they can’t hear me….

  15. Jenna_Roe

    My son dropped it in a small amount of water and the sound went out. I sprayed some air from a can in the charging port and the headphone jack and it came back! HALLELUJAH!

  16. Laila Penalosa

    Your toothbrush method is brilliant! BIG THANKS for the tip. Now my ipad 2 is perfectly working again.

  17. Rice Guy

    My iPad 2 also became silent. I followed step 2 above by pressing on the mute button icon to enable “mute off”. It works! I got the sound back! Thanks!

  18. david

    I plugged in headphones and they worked. And a small speaker icon appeared with a red line thro it. clicking this brought pad speakers back on. There is no mute button vis in the bottom screen bar.

  19. Mohini Chand

    My iPad speaker is making stacitc and crack like sound tired all settings on off buttons cleaning nothing works . Help

  20. jade

    its working thanks alot


    My apple iPad speaker is making a static sounds and can’t understand any thing. Sounds like a busted speaker. Don’t know how to fix it at all!!

  22. Sam

    My iPad 2 sounds like if it’s underwater, I can listen to the above video, sound is fine but watching films and FaceTime no sound. FaceTime has been a problem fir awhile but the rest was ok but today there is no sound from a watching a film

  23. Rolande

    My earphones sound suddenly stopped working so did the toothbrush trick, no alcohol or any other products and it worked. Just rubbed gently in circular motion and the sound came on. Thank you!

  24. Patricia dale Holloman man

    My volume on my iPad has stopped working help ?

  25. Deilene

    This did not work I have an iPad air 2 an I’m like crying because it has no sound what so ever I tried rebooting it and turning it on and off and nothing 😰😰😰😢

  26. Diane

    Thank you, tried step 3, holding both buttons down, and sound restored….better than ever!

  27. Mary Beech

    Thanks heaps, No 2 worked for me

  28. Eyahnna

    Tried everything and the only thing that worked was taking the earplug in and out. Thanks

  29. Dick Lancey.

    Step three did the trick. Many thanks.

  30. blahblah1233445

    Tried everything, THE TOOTHBRUSH WORKED. WHAT??!! Anyway thx so much!!

  31. Batool

    Help my iPad first sounded like a broken TV I shut it down and wiped it with baby wipes dryed it and now it doesn’t work help me please

  32. Jenni

    Nothing worked it’s still not working HELP!!!!

  33. Joan

    I can only listen to movies with the head phones plugged in

  34. Red Plant

    It is stuck to Headphones mode and on settings I go to sound and turn turn the volume to max and I put in earplugs sound worked. Take it out, back to square 1

  35. Shalia

    Not working!

  36. Shalia

    Oh sorry NO two worked thAnks❤️

  37. Sophie

    Step6 save my life I was so, frustrated and now it’s working 😀

  38. Pam Wetmiller

    #2 worked for me, thanks. But last night when it went off it made a static noise. Don’t know if I should take it back to where I bought it before the warranty is off. Just don’t want it to happen again.

  39. Mari

    There is something stuck in the headphone jack. And I can’t pull the thing that is stuck

  40. Laura

    step #4 worked for us. it is a new ipad and suddenly the sound stopped working. we are SO GRATEFUL for this site!!

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