iPad Tutorial – How to Control iPad Sounds with the Volume Button & Silent Switch


Here’s another quick tip taken from my eBook iPad Academy: Tips, Tricks and Clever Techniques.

The Silent Treatment
The volume control is a rocker switch. Press the upper side to increase volume and the lower side to reduce it. You can rapidly reduce volume to zero by holding the volume down for about two seconds. Just above the volume rocker button is the Silent button. This button only silences app sounds and sound effects. It has no effect on music or the soundtrack from a video. Slide it down to give apps the silent treatment. Don’t you wish you had controls to mute obnoxious cell phone users just as quickly and easily?

picture of volume and silent switches


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.