No Sounds on iPad? Here’s the Check List

  1. Published on Jun 20, 2022
  2. Updated on Jun 20, 2022
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If everything else on your iPad is working just fine but you find that you are not able to hear any sound from it, several things could have gone wrong with the iPad.

Although this issue could be caused by a hardware problem such as broken speakers, it is also possible that a problem with the device’s software could be to blame.

In this article, we will discuss the reasons why there may be no sound on your iPad and share with you several ways that you can fix it.

Why Does My iPad Have No Sound?

One of the most common reasons why your iPad may not be playing audio is a problem with the sound settings, which can be very easy to solve.

But this problem can also occur if there is a problem with the software such as a simple bug or a major flaw in the system, which can be more challenging.

Of course, the speakers could also be physically broken. If the dropped the device hard or if it suffered liquid damage, then the speakers may have been damaged, causing this issue.

Physical damage to the device can also occur over time, so if your device is old, wear and tear may have set in.

Fixing physical damage is more involving and may also be expensive, sometimes too expensive to justify the cost. If you are unable to resolve the physical damage that could be causing your speakers to fail, it may become necessary to replace the device.

But before you think about the cost of a new device, let’s start by looking at some of the troubleshooting solutions that you can try.

Check Your Sound Settings

The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your sound settings are set up correctly. If your iPad has a Ring/Silent switch, move it forwards toward the display so you see an orange indicator.

You can also swipe down from the top-right corner to open the Control Center and make sure that “Silent Mode” is turned off.

You should also make sure that “Do Not Disturb” is not enabled on the device. To check, open Settings and tap on “Focus > Do Not Disturb.”

Check if the iPad Is Connected to a Bluetooth Device

You will also be unable to hear the sound coming off the iPad if the device is connected to a Bluetooth device such as your Bluetooth speaker or your car. Do the following to make sure:

Start by checking if your iPad is connected to a Bluetooth device. To do that, open the Settings on your device and then tap “Bluetooth.” If any devices are “Connected,” tap on the “I” icon and select “Disconnect.”

To ensure that Bluetooth doesn’t interfere with the sound again, you can turn off Bluetooth completely.

Swipe from the top of the iPad or from the bottom of the iPad (depending on the model) to open the Control Center and then tap on the Bluetooth icon to disable Bluetooth.

Turn Mono Audio On and Off

If disabling Bluetooth doesn’t work or your device was not connected to a Bluetooth device, you can try to turn Mono Audio on and off.

This is a great way to soft reboot the iPad’s sound settings and has been known to fix all sorts of iPad sound issues.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPad.
  • Step 2: Tap “Accessibility” and then tap on the “Audio & Visual” option under “Hearing.”
  • Step 3: Tap on the switch next to “Mono Audio,” wait a few seconds, and tap on it again to turn it on.

Clean the Receivers and Speakers

You should also check to make sure that nothing is preventing your device’s speakers from functioning normally.

To do this, start by removing all screen protectors, films, and cases from the iPad and check if there is any dust or dirt that is blocking the speakers.

If you find any dirt, clean the speaker or receiver opening using a small brush. To avoid causing more damage to the speakers, ensure that the brush is dry, clean, and has soft bristles.

Check the Sound on Your iPad

You may also want to check if the problem is the sound itself. Sometimes the reason you can’t hear any sound on the device could be because the volume is too low.

To check, open the Settings App on your iPad and then go to Sounds and then drag the “Ringer & Alerts” slider a few times to see if the sound problem changes in any way.

If you cannot hear the sound even with the volume turned up, there may be a problem with the speakers.

Restart Your iPad

Restarting your iPad can help resolve this issue by fixing any system bugs that may be preventing the iPad from playing sound.

Restarting your iPad is simple, although the way you use it may depend on the iPad model that you have.

If your iPad has a Home Button, press and hold the Power and the Home Button for a few seconds and then drag the “Slide to Power Off” slider to turn off the device. After a few seconds, press and hold the Power button again to turn the iPad back on.

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home Button, press and hold the Power Button and the Volume Up Button for a few seconds. Drag the “Slide to Power Off” slider and wait a few seconds before pressing and holding the Power button again to turn on the device.

Check for Hardware Damage

If none of the solutions we have suggested above have fixed the issue, then it is most likely that hardware damage to the iPad is causing the sound problem.

The main hardware areas of the device that could be damaged include the headphone jack and the charging port.

When these two areas have accumulated a lot of dust, you may have a hard time getting a good connection, which can lead to poor quality sound or no sound at all.

Check the hardware jack and the charging port for any damage or dust. You can use a flashlight to see every nook and cranny.

If there is quite a bit of dust on any one of these areas, use a rug or a soft-bristles brush to gently remove the dirt.

You can also use a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust. But you should avoid using chemical cleaning agents as they may cause more damage, not to mention void your warranty.

Still No Sound? Contact Apple Support  

If you have done everything including cleaning the speakers and you are still unable to get sound from your iPad, it is time to contact Apple Support for more assistance.

This is because your problem could have suffered hardware damage that may be beyond your abilities to fix.

If your iPad is still under warranty or you have AppleCare+, the repair may be free. To avoid voiding the warranty, do not open up the device or tinker with it in any way.  Without a warranty, fixing the device can be very costly.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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