Few things in life can set off that flutter of panic than not hearing any sound or just a muffled noise from your iPad Mini 6. So, you might have put on your favorite movie or started a playlist while doing some chores. And nothing happened. However, before your mind jumps to the worst-case scenario, we have a couple of fixes and tips that could bring your speakers back to life. Let’s dive right in.
Although it might sound obvious to check your iPad’s volume level, don’t overlook this step. Either hit the side volume up button to ensure it is not on mute. Or go to your iPad's control center - swipe from the top right corner and check whether the mute button is on. If the bell icon is gray, then the sound is on, while a red button means the iPad is on silent.
A glitch or bug might cause the lack of sound in one of your apps’ software. Press your finger on the screen and drag it from the bottom to the middle to open the App Switcher. This function reveals all of your iPad’s recently opened apps. Close each one by swiping it up to the top of the screen. Now reopen one app to check whether the sound works.
This tip is closely linked to the previous one. Updating your apps might resolve any software glitches that cause your iPad to go on mute. Go to the Apple Store and download the latest versions of your apps. Sometimes an app’s outdated software can conflict with your iPad’s iOS – especially if it is the latest one – leaving you without sound.
Although some people like to wait a long time to update their iPad Mini 6 iOS, there is no benefit. In fact, delaying a system update might cause you more problems than waiting to see if it will negatively affect your iPad. An outdated iOS might be the leading cause behind your iPad's silence, mainly if you use sound-heavy apps that need the latest version to run correctly. Go to Settings, General, and click Software Update. The system will let you know whether there are any pending updates. If yes, hit Download and Install and choose Install. It is always recommended to plug in your iPad Mini 6 before installing any updates.
Dirt, dust, and fluff love to get into tiny spaces such as your iPad speakers. The iPad Mini 6 speakers are behind two grilles at the top and bottom. Even if you use an iPad cover, grime can still find its way in. Get a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush, such as a makeup brush or toothbrush, and gently rub it over the speakers. You might be surprised at what comes out. And it might resolve your problem.
An ill-fitting iPad case might muffle or block your iPad’s speakers, leaving you soundless. Find an iPad cover that gives you clear access to your device's ports and speakers while protecting them. The Zugu iPad Mini 6 case is one of our top favorites. It provides your iPad with major drop protection in case of any unwanted falls and has perfectly designed cutouts for the speakers and camera. In addition, these have a raised bezel for additional safety.
Your iPad’s lack of sound might be a hardware problem. You can verify whether your iPad Mini 6 speakers are damaged by going to Settings and Sound. Find the Ringers and Alerts button and slide it back and forth more than once. Have a look at the speaker icon – if it is dimmed and there is still no sound, the speakers might be damaged.
Sometimes weeks pass before we restart our iPads, which can cause software issues or glitches. Press and hold the top button together with a volume button until the screen turns black with power off slider. Slide the button to switch it off. Leave the iPad off for a few minutes and switch it back on by pressing down on the top button until the Apple logo pops up on the screen. This simple trick can solve any sound issues you have.
A set of Bluetooth headphones and speakers, including your AirPods, connected with your iPad can disrupt its sound. Even when off, the Bluetooth devices might still pick up a signal, diverting the sound instead of the iPad's speakers. Make sure these are switched off, and then go to the iPad's settings. Find Bluetooth and go through the list of paired devices. Disconnect them one by one and restart the iPad. Hit your playlist to see whether the sound is working again.
Is the sound playing up when your iPad is connected to Wi-Fi? Then the network settings could be a problem. Reset your iPad’s Wi-Fi settings, but before you do so, make sure you have all the passwords at hand. Go to Settings, General, Reset and click Reset Network Settings.