iPad Does Not Play Sound in Games [How to Fix It]

The introduction of Apple Arcade brought many fantastic games to both iPhones and iPads. While gaming on an iPhone is convenient, the iPad offers a whole new dimension for mobile gamers. But just like any other device, the iPad can have software issues and glitches.

One of the problems iPad users have reported is the lack of sounds in games. It can be caused by a simple mistake (accidental muting), in-game settings, etc. So let’s dive deeper into this issue and find out how to fix it quickly!

Low sound

Let’s begin with the quickest solution – have you checked your volume levels? Some of us lower the volume without realizing it and then forget about it. Before you do anything else, make sure the volume is up. You can do so with the help of volume buttons or in Control Center.

Muting by accident

It is easy to mute your iPad by accident. This has happened to all iPad users at some point, including me. The reason is the mute button in the Control Center. You might unintentionally tap on the button without even realizing it. Therefore, check your Control Center by pulling it down on the top right corner of the screen.

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Reset the iPad

Restarting your iPad often fixes many issues, including the absence of game sounds. Since different iPad models are available right now, it is good to learn how to restart them.

If you have an iPad without the home button, here is what you need to do:

  • Press the top button and one volume button. The power off slider should appear on the screen.
  • Drag the slider, and your iPad will restart in 30 seconds.
  • Press and hold the top button. You will see the Apple logo in a few seconds, meaning that your iPad is rebooting.

On the other hand, iPads with the home button are easier to restart because you only have to hold the top button, and that’s it.

Volume up within the game

iPad can have an occasional sound glitch. It occurs when you are in a game and launch Music, Spotify, or any other app that plays sounds. As a result, you will mute the game only. The solution is to get back to the game and turn the volume up. You can either use the volume buttons or Control Center. Just make sure the game is running on the screen.

In-game settings

Sometimes, the problem is in the game you are currently playing, namely in the settings. If you have tried all the tricks we already mentioned above, it is time to check the game itself. Every game has a different interface, but there should be Settings somewhere on the screen. You can often find it in the game menu.

Once you open the in-game settings, locate the sound tab. Games usually allow you to set the background music and effects separately. Find the best sound level that works for you, tap on OK, and continue enjoying the game with the sound on!


How to unmute my iPad?

The quickest way to unmute an iPad is to find the mute button in the Control Center. It is very accessible, and you only have to pull down the right corner of the screen. Look for an icon with a bell – it is hard to miss.  

If you have an older iPad model, a small side switch can mute and unmute the device. It is customizable, and you can use it for locking the screen orientation too. However, if you use it for sound, make sure you haven’t accidentally placed it on silent.

How do I force restart my iPad?

A force restart is the only option when your iPad is not responding. Since Apple has iPads with and without the home button, there are two ways to force restart an iPad. Let’s begin with the iPads that have a home button. It is a pretty straightforward process – press the top button and the home button simultaneously. Hold them until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

The process is a bit trickier with iPads that don’t have the home button. First, press and release the upper volume button. Then do the same with the lower volume button. Finally, press and hold the top button. An Apple logo should appear shortly. Release the top button when you see it.

Do iPads have a mute switch?

Even though it used to be a standard feature, newer iPad models don’t have a mute switch on the side. Instead, a mute button in the Control Center does the same thing. But if you are using an older iPad, you can enjoy the practicality of a mute switch.  

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