All kidding aside, even though the volume and mute/orientation lock buttons on your iPad adjust and lock volume levels, they actually respond differently in different situations. Think back to the last time you tried to silence a song or notification, or perhaps you wanted to adjust the volume of a podcast from the lock screen on your iPad. Were you successful–or did you fumble around for a while before you achieved the desired outcome? Turns out, the volume and mute/orientation lock buttons might not behave the way you’d anticipate in certain situations. Here’s a short list of what to expect the next time you reach for those handy buttons on your iPad.
Note: When Apple released the iPad Air 2 last fall they removed the side switch (mute/orientation lock) button. To access the functionality that was lost with the removal of this button you now need to use Control Center.
Use the volume control buttons to
- Adjust the volume of media (e.g. song, movie, podcast)
- Adjust the volume of alerts and sound effects
- Mute the sound by holding down until “mute” appears
- Take a picture or record a video
Use the Side Switch (mute/orientation lock) button to
- Mute audio alerts
- Mute notifications
- Mute sound effects
- Switch between portrait and landscape views (in settings app–General–> Lock Rotation.)
Exceptions / Alternate methods
- The Side Switch does not mute the audio from music, podcasts, movies, and TV shows.
- Lock the ringer and alert volumes by opening Settings–> Sounds–> Turn off change wth buttons.
- Limit the music and video volume by opening Settings–> Music–> Volume limit.
Swipe up from the bottom to Use Control Center to adjust the volume, and turn on Do Not Disturb.