Want to turn off sound on an iPad and mute the audio? You can do that rather simply, though it’s easy to overlook. The iPad and iPad Pro have a designated software mute switch, which when activated will silence the sound coming from the device. While older iPad models had a hardware mute switch, the latest iPad and iPad Pro models removed the physical button in lieu of an onscreen silencing function that when toggled mutes all sound and audio output from the iPad speakers or any connected headphones.
Using mute on iPad is simple, we will review both how to mute an iPad to turn off all sound, and how to unmute an iPad to re-enable sound and audio output on the device. These tips apply to all newer iPad and iPad Pro models with a modern iOS release.
How to Mute iPad & Turn Off Sound
To mute the iPad and silence all audio and sound from the device, do the following:
- Swipe down from the top right corner of iPad screen to access Control Center in modern iOS *
- Look for and tap on the bell icon to mute the iPad
- The iPad is now in “Silent Mode” and all audio is mute
The bell icon becomes highlighted when Mute is active on iPad.
When muted, iPad will play no sound at all, whether in any apps, alerts, notifications, or otherwise. No audio will play out of the iPad or iPad Pro regardless of where the sound is coming from, including all apps, and the iOS system itself.
* If you need help figuring out how to use and access Control Center in new iOS releases, read this article for iPad and iPhone.
Optional iPad Mute / Silence All Sound Method
Another optional mute approach to silencing iPad is to press the volume down button repeatedly until the sound is disabled.
This approach to muting iPad and iPad Pro can be reversed by simply turning the volume back up again.
How to Unmute iPad & Turn Sound Back On
To unmute iPad / iPad Pro and regain audio and sound output on the device, do the following:
- To unmute iPad, return to open Control Center
- Tap on the bell icon
- Use the sound meter in Control Center to adjust volume as desired, or Press volume up button repeatedly to turn up iPad sound if needed
Once unmuted, iPad and iPad Pro will play sound and audio as usual again, at the volume level that the iPad is currently set to.
You can toggle the mute / silent button on and off at any time and for any reason from Control Center, and it works the same on all models of iPad Pro and iPad with any modern iOS release.
Why isn’t my iPad playing sound? Help my iPad is stuck on silent!
A common question that many iPad and iPad Pro users have pertains to sound output and why their iPad is not playing sound. If that happens to you and your iPad appears stuck on silent and mute, first check to make sure that Mute is not enabled by verifying that bell icon for silent mode. Then press the Volume up button repeatedly on iPad / iPad Pro so that audio output is high enough that you can hear the sound.
While older iPad models had a hardware mute switch (that also doubled as orientation lock depending on your settings), it’s highly unlikely that future iPad models will ever regain the hardware mute switch again as Apple has a fondness for removing physical buttons and ports from their devices. For now the iPhone retains the mute switch, but that may not last long either, that remains to be seen. But the mute and unmute feature is still there, it’s just now in software and a simple swipe away.