Fix Sound not working on iPad 2 iOS 5.x

So, you recently updated your iPad 2 to iOS 5.0.1 and puzzling with no sound issue, despite making correct sound settings ? We have come across several threads on different Apple related forums where users having issue of no sound on iPad 2 iOS 5.x. Typical complaint of users is, not getting dings, keyboard clicks, notification alerts or no voice while playing videos or music on iPad.

The most interesting thing about this iPad 2 issue is, even after correct settings related to sound in iPad 2 setting app the issue seems to be persistent. For those users here is troubleshooting tips and easy method to fix sound issue.

General Troubleshooting

Make sure you have sound turned on and slider is not set to mute setting if use side switch for sound mute purpose. Use volume up/down to increase the volume. Now check if your issue is fixed or not. If it fails to work then use below steps.

Despite making correct sound settings, if still not able to get sound on your iPad 2, then it seems you are a victim of iOS 5 sound bug. We found that those having iPad 2 sound issue are the one using side switch as lock rotation key, and have set side switch on to disable automatic screen rotation.

If you have similar settings and having iPad 2 sound issue then here is ingenious fix. All you need to do is change the side switch to use as mute key and then turn on sound by sliding side switch off. That’s it and you should start hearing iPad 2 sounds, alerts, lock switch sound, clicks etc. Check our below screenshot if you find it hard to follow,

Once you get back your iPad 2 sound, you may revert your side switch setting to use as rotation lock. So, let us know via comments if this helped you or not in fixing your iPad 2 sound issue.

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Reader Comments

I updated my iPad 2 and have lost my sound for “most” of my applications. I have tried the options suggested when I did a search on your web site but, It still won’t work. Could you please send me instructions on how I can fix problem?

NL, Canada

Written By Barry Dooley
on February 21st, 2012

This did not fix problem. Anymore ideas?

Written By Claire Banard
on February 25th, 2012

Solved the problem. Thanks

Written By Chris
on March 7th, 2012

Thanks for the sound fix….it worked. I took iPad to Genius Bar and they had no idea how to fix. Thank you SO much!

Written By Linda
on March 12th, 2012

It worked! Thank you!

Written By Jewel
on March 18th, 2012

My sound on my iPad 2 is not working so what do I do

Written By Brock
on March 22nd, 2012

Could I get instructions on how to fix?

Written By Rachel Buckner
on April 11th, 2012

Sound on ipad 2 stopped working. Tried recommeded fix was unsuccessful. Any other suggestions?

Written By Marjie
on April 16th, 2012